Monday, January 08, 2007

Playing Tigger makes people Goofy

In Disney's Winnie the Pooh cartoons, Tigger is a happy-go-lucky, fun-loving stuffed tiger who just loves to laugh and bounce around.

In the real world, apparently, Tigger is Evil Incarnate.

A New Hampshire family's home video captures a Walt Disney World cast member, Michael J. Fedelem, applying an armlock and a haymaker to the cheek of the family's 14-year-old son during a photo op. In a statement to local law enforcement, Fedelem claims that he whacked young Jerry Monaco Jr. in self-defense, because the kid was tugging on his costume, causing him to lose his balance.

Watching the video, I can't tell for certain exactly what happened. It's clear that Tigger wheels a mitt on the boy's head, but it's less clear exactly what happened in the seconds leading up to the blow.

That rumbly in my tumbly, however, suggests that a lawsuit is in the offing.

This isn't the first time a Tigger has found himself in hot water at the Happiest Place on Earth. Back in 2004, a Walt Disney World employee named Michael Chartrand was tried and found not guilty in a Florida court, after being accused of fondling a 13-year-old female park visitor while wearing the Tigger costume. About a month after his trial, Chartrand was again accused of inappropriate touching, this time by two female coworkers.

Here's Uncle Swan's advice, kiddies: The next time you want to have your photo taken with a Disney character, stick with Snow White.

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1 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Blogger Mr. Fabulous offered these pearls of wisdom...

It didn't look like all that big a deal to me.

Having said that, I never liked that sonofabitch.

3:05 PM  

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