Group cancels "die-in" protest at Disney

Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 8:53 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A “die-in” protest at an unspecified Walt Disney Co. property initially planned for June has been called off, a co-founder of a gun control advocacy group said Monday. The “die-in,” during which activists would pose as corpses on the ground, was originally designed to draw attention to Disney’s large donations to a political committee supporting Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018 8:59 AM

They all found out they were too poor to go. Moving to Fun Spot.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018 2:30 PM

Look; protest all you want. I respect your rights to do so. But I also have a right to be able to go to a theme park, spend a boat load of my hard earned money, and not have my day derailed and inconvenienced by some "peaceful" protest. When a disturbance is created and I get affected by it is when I get ticked off.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018 3:41 PM

Isn’t that the entire point of a protest? Without inconveniencing people like you we may not have women’s suffrage or racial equality.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018 5:26 PM

I've never taken part in a protest of any kind. But at this time of year, as the traffic during my commute gets worse due to road paving and pothole repair, I often imagine grabbing one of these signs and then marching in front of the construction crew with it in protest.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 9:13 AM

Hanging n' Banging said:

I also have a right to be able to go to a theme park, spend a boat load of my hard earned money, and not have my day derailed and inconvenienced by some "peaceful" protest.

I didn't realize anyone had that right. I must've missed that line in the constitution.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 8:38 PM

No one has a right to protest on private property.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:57 PM

bjames said:

No one has a right to protest on private property.

Which is why I doubt this would have happened on property, anyway. If it happened, it would likely have been at the 535 and Hotel Plaza Blvd. intersection entrance near Disney Springs, where the unions and other groups have protested at times. I'm guessing when they realized where they would need to do it to avoid the Mouse coming down hard on them, they probably pulled the plug, and the "but the kids" angle is the easy way to back out.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 8:58 PM

PhantomTails said:

Isn’t that the entire point of a protest? Without inconveniencing people like you we may not have women’s suffrage or racial equality.

I think there's a difference between peaceful protest for awareness or to inconvenience a specific group of people directly involved in the matter being protested and protesting that causes random people with no link or involvement to the "cause" to have the regular goings on of their life impacted in a way that causes monetary loss or major undue stress. I have a general right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and if your protest is infringing on the happiness part of that I may have an issue with it especially if I have absolutely nothing to do with what you are protesting. It's one thing to cause a scene, another to prevent me from doing what I need to do or go where I need or want to go.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:02 PM

But that’s the point of civil disobedience.
So some merry-makers’ day might be interrupted by unexpected scenes of death and violence? Oh, dear. I think that if at least one person’s eyes are opened and they become aware of the ghastly potential of continued and increasing gun violence then the protest would likely be considered a success. I’m actually sorry this didn’t work out.
Run your argument past those who were sitting in their newspaper office, or their school, or the movie theatre. Those folks were just trying to go about their day in the usual fashion as well, and that particular infringement of their right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness was certainly more than a mere inconvenience and I hope you agree.
You should hope and pray that your life and the lives of your loved ones will always have “absolutely nothing to do with” what they are protesting.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018 2:12 PM

As an educator who has already experienced lockdowns that were not drills I am very aware of gun violence and have spent a great deal of time determining which items in my classroom would make the best weapons in different situations. The thing is I think protesting currently has reached a saturation point where we are seeing so much of it for so many things constantly being thrown at us at any given moment that it is having the opposite effect of awareness and instead many people are actively tuning it out. I am reaching that tipping point myself.

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