It’s not unusual for Disney fans to protest when a change comes to Disney Parks. Still, typically the subject for protest is an attraction closing or a character’s costume change–things that could be considered #DisneyWorldProblems. However, five days ago, a petition was created expressing a sentiment seen in protests outside Main Street, U.S.A.
Just this past week, Matthew Rogers of Brooklyn, NY, began a petition on change.org that asks The Walt Disney Company to make the Donald Trump figure, destined for the Magic Kingdom’s Hall of Presidents, a silent one. The request is unusual because it is customary for the incumbent President to give a speech to the audience and Abraham Lincoln. However, this petition suggests that a change from tradition is in order. The very strongly-worded petition reads:
This is a petition to stop the inevitable Donald Trump animatronic figure from speaking, let alone giving a speech similar to the one given by Barack Obama and past incumbent Presidents….[Donald Trump] is perhaps best known for how he uses his words sometimes carelessly, yet oftentimes with the specific intent of degrading, insulting and demeaning not only those who do not agree with him on any given topic, but entire groups of people including Mexicans, Muslims, women and the disabled….We ask that Walt Disney World take a stand against divisive and hurtful rhetoric….
The petition had gathered approximately 750 signatures since being posted four days ago. Still, after last night’s events in which President Trump quickly fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for speaking out against his #MuslimBan and removing the Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for reasons unknown, the petition has now reached over 2,000 signatures.