Tigger tapes show costumed character fondling woman
Posted Friday, April 16, 2004 8:05 AM | Contributed by Kick The Sky
Home video shows what one woman claims happened to her at Disney World, that a man dressed in a Tigger costume groped her. The incident happened before the man who was recently arrested for a similar incident started work at the park.
I'm not surprised to see this video as I presumed many like it would be coming forward. I am not sure how conclusive it is that she was actually fondled. Granted, Tigger reached under her arms from the back but you can't see his paws or where they are. However, he/she shouldn't have even done that so as to not be in the position to even be accused of anything.
Eh... does it really show anything? All I think I saw was a character putting his hands under her arms as if to move her over out of the camera's path. Maybe her claims of fondling actually happened, but I wouldn't call it conclusive based solely on the video.
Like wahoo said though, there could have been a better spot like the shoulder to put those paws.
I don't know. that video doesn't do much to convince me one way or another. I was expecting to see some totally obvious evidence of an incident that would sway my opinion, but instead what I saw seemed like it could have been a completely innocent touch. The characters are wearing large, clumsy gloves which are about twice the size of their real hands. just because his glove touched her somewhere doesn't mean that his hand actually did.
Uhhh, I really didn't see any fondling going on. It did look like he was moving the lady out of the way, but there could have been much better/safer places to put his hands. As a lifeguard at the YMCA we were always told to not touch any body part a swimsuite would cover. This was for helping kids that have fallen, getting out of the pool, etc... This seems like a good rule Disney should tell their character actors (If you can call them that.) .
Are those of you who aren't convinced women? Married? Have any daughters?
It's pretty damn obvious to me---Tigger walked up, reached around, and got right out of the way as soon as she looked around. If you aren't doing something wrong, you don't sneak off as soon as the other person notices you are there. If you're just trying to move someone out of the way (which, by the way, the characters *never* did during my week at Disneyland---and I was there with two kids who saw a LOT of characters) you don't reach around from behind, you pat them on the shoulder gently.
I am not convinced as is my wife who I showed the video to last night.
It's hard to tell what happened from behind. If there is a video from the front showing "A" Tigger (this could not even be the guy who is currently accused because this incident was in December 2002 - WELL before he started working for Disney) grabbing/fondling a woman's breast, then show it.
Neither I nor my wife have seen any _evidence_ that anything happened.
And Brian as far as "sneaking off", how the heck can you tell how Tigger moved away? The camera panned off of him...he didn't move.
the character meetings are such a huge part of the disney experience. every child looks forward to the first time they will see mickey with such huge anticipation. of course, an incredible number of them totally freak out when they see him - probably because they are sooooooo huge in person. I can't imagine disney getting rid of them, but they will certainly be more vigilant about trying to prevent this from happening in the future. I believe the publicity this is getting will do wonders towards preventing it from happening in the future.
I personally don't buy at least that video footage. If the man in the Tigger costume had wanted to grope the woman (at least in that footage)...he wouldn't be as stupid as to do it right there. Besides, it's obvious (at least to my eyes) that he was indeed trying to move her out of the way...as once she did get out of the way, the Tigger character moved back to his old spot. That's at least how I see it, although I do see how it could be seen as groping, but the video is too inconclusive.
It looks like he was tickling her, and when she turned around, he disappeared, not out of guilt, but in the way someone may tap you on the shoulder and then look the other way. For all that these characters are put through on a daily basis (being punched, kicked, etc), I find it hard to believe ayone would intentionally fondle someone.
And again, the paws they wear are so thick, they would not have felt anything even by mistake. Let's not convict this guy before we hear all of the facts.