Disneyland Settles White-Rabbit-is-Racist Lawsuit in July, Tweets Out Photo of Mickey w/Black Family Today--Coincidence?

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We all know that everything Disneyland does is planned to the teeth--that's what makes it such a fascinating, maddening place. And it's because of that we couldn't help but wonder what motivated the Mouse to tweet out a photo today of Mickey sitting on a bench with an African-American family. Don't accuse us of being race-obsessed; more like having a photographic memory of all the hilarity that happens in OC year after year.

Here's the seemingly innocuous tweet:

The background, of course, is that Disneyland faced a lawsuit earlier this year by an African-American family from San Diego that alleged the White Rabbit at the park hugged kids of all ethnicities except black kids. The lawsuit (with the awesome name Black vs. White, the result of the filing family having Black as their surname and their lawyer finding some poor sap at the Walt Disney Co. with White as his last name) was quietly settled this past July, with nary a media peep. Reached for comment, Black family lawyer Daniel Gilleon would only confirm the case was settled, citing a confidentiality agreement.

So are we really surprised Disneyland would tweet out the above photo at this time of year, when it's at its busiest? Or is the Mouse really, truly interested in doing the right thing and correcting its racist employees? Inquiring minds want to know!

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Alyson C Baker
Alyson C Baker

Soooo it's racist when they dont, and trying too hard NOT to be racist when they do?? Guess it's a lose lose in this PC world.

Bonnie Kennedy
Bonnie Kennedy

Its too bad, I find it pretty hard to believe that they knew they hired a racist. The employee being fired should have sufficed. Hopefully the employee WAS fired.

Glubmin Abobo
Glubmin Abobo

The chick from beauty and the beast wouldn't hug me, but I'll settle for a hundred grand right now. It's time to let the healing begin. Pay me.

Lex Lexington
Lex Lexington

Fuck I'm so sick if the race card being played.

Wendy De La Puente
Wendy De La Puente

They should not have received a dime.... Park characters can't touch, hold kids. Bunch of gold "diggers"

Justin Henretta
Justin Henretta

^ Right because your people are so oppressed these days. give me a break!

Justin Henretta
Justin Henretta

oc weekly just trying to stir the pot with this bs story.

Justin Henretta
Justin Henretta

Not for nothing, but I think you mis-spelled moron, idiot.

Justin Henretta
Justin Henretta

this is 2014. the race card has been played out. seek sympathy elsewhere.

Nicole Krramer
Nicole Krramer

Ugh get a clue- I'm not proud of Texas I'm from Cali and moved here this year, and yes Caucasians are very discriminated against here. So I've lived both before forming an opinion, thank you!

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

Whew! Racism completely eradicated again -- and just in time for the new year!

Loni Madden
Loni Madden

And OC Weekly, good job creating buzz. Your Facebook page is finally relevant. Thanks to idiots like the people who wrote this article and Anthony Thomas everyone is subscribing.

Loni Madden
Loni Madden

Agreed Tamara Cantrell. What a joke. And Anthony Thomas, have you ever been inside one of those costumes? Not fun and awful to see out of. He probably didn't know what color the kids were. I have. You are so focused on walking and not getting knocked over. This WAS a frivolous lawsuit. It makes me sad California entertains such BS. Whatever.

Tamara Cantrell
Tamara Cantrell

Really? This is ridiculous. Should I cry racism, for the same reason. Yes, it has happened to my children. The characters get busy and are swarmed. Sometimes it happens you get snubbed, but I am sure it is not intentional. The courts should throw this crap out. Stop perpetuating the race card.

Chris Bray
Chris Bray

Maybe he was late, late for a very important date!

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

Here we go with OC residents being the stereotype us in LA always thought you were... BIGOTS!

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

Feminist, how could The Madd Hatter be a Sexist/Pervert?

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

The guy inside Tigger was Black, got a problem with it?

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

No because Black people 99% are not hostile to White people, I'd hug your ass it doesn't matter. Stop assuming Black people are lazy and getting paid via lawsuits and Government programs, o'tay?

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

Proud of Texas aren't you? You didn't happen to vote for Ann Richards or did you vote for Gov Perry?

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

I'm sick of White people saying "GET OVER IT" back to your regular programing of mostly White People on TV, thank you.

Loni Madden
Loni Madden

I'm white OC Weekly. Think he was a different race in that suit. That would be quite a law suit. White Rabbit hates white people! Ha ha. It's a joke. And if companies like Disney keep settling then more Frivolous lawsuits will be filed.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

You should file and let us know!

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

We'll stop it when racists stop being idiots. Deal?

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Im a go there with a brood of Aborigine kids from Australia and see what happens.

Rio Garra
Rio Garra

Pluto and Goofy are a bit grabby and hugs lingered. Should I sue for sexual harrasment. SMH -Walker Morgan

Ed Herro
Ed Herro

Maybe you should be writing this post about the losers that sued because they didn't get hugged instead of perpetuating the left wing myth that all big corporations are evil racist entities.

Nicole Krramer
Nicole Krramer

Yeah I say bogus, come to Texas you'll see full segregation and no one is getting a dime for it-

Joey Inigo
Joey Inigo

I'm going to go with YES. Big fat coincidence. Really? More than 5 months later and they tweet it NOW? It's a bit of a stretch...

David Singer
David Singer

If the rabbit was black, and it didn't hug them, would they have sued?

Alex Alonzo
Alex Alonzo

Yeah because a social media post 5 months later totally makes sense.... Not. C'mon OC Weekly, this is a stretch.

Maggie Madrid Varela
Maggie Madrid Varela

The mad hatter was only talking to women and no men so he must be sexist or a pervert! Either way I see a chance to win some money! Let's jump on the stupid lawsuit train. Oh and dad, Alice was told to stay away from the old man offering her candy!

Heidi Wild Flower
Heidi Wild Flower

Ridiculous.... So sick of overly sensitive people and scammers.

Larry Siratt
Larry Siratt

OC Weekly: I know it's good for business (continuing racial issues), but it's bad for humanity. Stop it.

RocketJ
RocketJ topcommenter

Go ask Alice I think she'll know

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