“A man who played a Disneyland character for a decade is questioning several claims of racism made against characters at the popular attraction,” according to ABC 10 News, which broke the stories about two families who sued Disneyland in the past few weeks, after alleging that costumed Disney characters ignored their children – who are African American.
The former cast member, who played Pluto at Disneyland, told ABC 10 that he did not think that any cast members would act in such a manner, and that their actions may have been misunderstood. He claimed that it is very hard to see and hear, when one is in costume.
He could have a point. But the photo evidence that has arisen so far seems fairly damning and the lawyer who is representing the families is trying to get Disneyland to cough up security video footage that may work against Disneyland.
ABC 10 also reported that the former cast member told them it was very difficult to get a job as a costumed character and that he thought half of the cast members in costume might be minorities themselves.