Saturday, August 16, 2008

Disneyland Not "the Happiest Place on Earth" for Everybody

Breaking news from the Associated Press: Snow White & Cinderella Arrested At Disney Labor Dispute. Read all about it here and here.

(AP) Cinderella, Snow White, Tinkerbell and other fictional fixtures of modern-day childhood were handcuffed, frisked and loaded into police vans Thursday at the culmination of a labor protest that brought a touch of reality to the Happiest Place on Earth.

The arrest of the 32 protesters, many of whom wore costumes representing famous Disney characters, came at the end of an hour-long march to Disneyland's gates from one of three Disney-owned hotels at the center of a labor dispute.

The Disney employees were carrying out a job action for their union, Local 681. Frankly, I'm surprised about Snow White being a labor agitator. In the Disney version of the Snow White story, the Seven Dwarfs broke their little backs working all day long in a diamond mine, but she never once encouraged them to unionize, did she? No, she just sponged off them while making herself at home in their woodland cottage. I'm saving my sympathy for Tinkerbell.

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