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Dont go to Disney World, or you will be molested.

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by glych t.anomaly, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member

    Did Tigger and Donald Duck grope women at Disney World?

    Did Tigger and Donald Duck grope women at Disney World? - By William Saletan - Slate Magazine

    Is Donald Duck a pervert?

    Gawker seems to think so. Yesterday evening, it posted an item asking: "Who are the strange people in the furry costumes at Disney World, and are they pervs? After Donald Duck grabbed her boob, a 27-year-old is suing Disney." The woman's complaint, according to Gawker, "includes a helpful list of other Disney character transgressions, like the time Tigger molested a 13-year-old girl. … Moral of the story: Men who wear masks are not to be trusted."

    Readers of the item soon began posting their own allegations. One recalled: "When I was in High School the Shamu at the Sea World in Ohio freaked me out. He kept giving me these big bear hugs that were really hard and rough. He also kept my face covered with his fins while he was doing this. Very creepy. I can understand why this lady was totally offended." Another agreed: "Similar experience in high school with a crash test dummy at Disney (near the test track). Creepy." A third added: "When my family visited Magic Mountain in the 70s, a horny person dressed up as a grape pinched my dad's ass and then scampered away." A fourth wrote: "UGH! I remember going to Disney with my brother and sister. I was like 16 and they were like 12 and 10—so I was confused that all the characters seemed to want to kiss ME on the cheek and hug ME more than my siblings."

    We've seen this pattern before: an allegation of groping, followed by a bunch of other people recalling similar abuse. The initial charge makes the rest of the claims credible. But sometimes the allegations, and even the triggered memories, are false. That's what happened to Tigger. Don't let it happen to Donald.

    Gawker bases its description of the Tigger case—"the time Tigger molested a 13-year-old girl"—on the complaint against Donald, which was posted yesterday by the Smoking Gun. The complaint alleges:

    Hmmm. Incident reports, charges, investigations—so how did the case turn out? Since the complaint against Donald curiously omits this part, and since Gawker didn't bother to look it up, let's check it out ourselves. Answer: Chartrand was acquitted. The case seems to have been a total scam. The girl's mother planned to sue Disney for money and lied to prosecutors about her plans. The cops conned Chartrand into writing an apology to the girl even though he had no memory of her, much less groping her. The girl's stepfather testified that nothing untoward had happened. At trial, the defense attorney put on the Tigger outfit to show jurors how severely it limited its occupant's vision and range of motion, making the alleged groping impossible.

    As for the 20-something copycat complaints prompted by the original charge, there's no record of any of them going anywhere. In fact, Disney reinstated Chartrand with back pay. A month later, he was suspended for allegedly shoving two other Disney workers. (Disney routinely suspends employees while investigating such cases.) His attorney said that he was just "goofing around because he was Goofy" and that the other workers shoved back. After that, there's no record of Chartrand in Nexis.

    The reason I know about the Tigger episode is that I learned about it from Elizabeth Loftus, a scientist who plants and studies false memories. I was writing a series about her (you can read it here) and came across a discussion of the Tigger story in a paper she and her colleagues published two years ago. In their first experiment, they persuaded 16 percent of their subjects that these subjects had met Bugs Bunny at Disneyland. This was certainly a false memory, since Bugs wasn't a Disney character. In their second experiment, Loftus and her collaborators convinced 30 percent of another group of subjects that Pluto had licked their ears at Disneyland. The researchers planted this memory by showing subjects a fake newspaper article about a Pluto character who had "developed a habit of inappropriately licking the ears of many young visitors with his large fabric tongue."

    Based on the Pluto experiment, Loftus and her colleagues speculated that the initial coverage of Tigger's arrest might have led people "to become more confident that they too had an inappropriate experience with the Tigger character. … Thus unsurprisingly, after the allegation surfaced, 24 additional Disney visitors came forward to say that they too were abused by Tigger."

    So: Bugs, innocent. Pluto, innocent. Tigger, acquitted. What about Donald? And Shamu? And the horny grape?

    so anyone on here ever been molested by a someone resembling a cartoon character?

    this shit baffles me, especially about Tigger.....

  2. acheron

    acheron TRIBE Member

  3. Dirty Girl

    Dirty Girl TRIBE Member

    I'd be more concerned about the person who wrote that totally bizarre article.
  4. Aerius Zension

    Aerius Zension TRIBE Member

    I can't stop laughing when reading this. The very idea of Donald Duck molesting, he bloody doesn't wear pants. And the Fruit of the Loom grape?
  5. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    the article is sure to ruffle some feathers.
  6. Dirty Girl

    Dirty Girl TRIBE Member

    it sure quacked me up!
  7. Hi i'm God

    Hi i'm God TRIBE Member

    Any chance I can get Belle or Snow white to molest me?

    Cause that might make going to Disney worthwhile.
  8. Musical Rush

    Musical Rush TRIBE Member

    Be careful around Pinocchio. If he knocks something out of your hands on purpose, then begins to lie about something run!
  9. jared k

    jared k TRIBE Member

    this molestation talk is making me feel goofy.
  10. rubytuesday

    rubytuesday TRIBE Member

  11. acheron

    acheron TRIBE Member

    well... most of the costumed folks I met when a friend of mine worked critter control at the CNE and Wonderland were just teenagers.. Mostly female. They needed regular breaks to keep from passing out in the heat (those little fans they install in the suits break down frequently and, on busy days, often needed a security guard around to prevent or stop kids from kicking or punching them.
  12. that 420 guy

    that 420 guy TRIBE Member

  13. Jeffsus

    Jeffsus TRIBE Member

    This made me laugh.


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