In an effort to “honestly and respectfully” express how he feels about what is going on with the Disney company’s management, one dad’s hand-made T-shirt caused quite a stir at “the happiest place on earth.”
Dan Geffers has been taking his daughters Lila and Bryn to Disney for years. Over those years he has noticed the subtle changes the company has been making regarding causes they support and the policies they are implementing at their parks. But the things that have developed lately in the ongoing effort by Disney’s management to protest the passing of legislation meant to protect children “was the last straw.”
Geffers said they had already purchased Disney tickets for himself, his wife, and their two daughters to go spend two days at two different parks at Disney in Orlando, Florida. Going with them were a friend of their daughter’s, Halle Nebl, as well as Michelle Depa and her daughter Allison Stromske. But two days after they bought the tickets, they saw on the news how Disney Parks’ diversity and inclusion manager, Vivian Ware, announced the company has “removed all of the gendered greetings” like “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.”
Disney Television Animation executive producer Latoya Raveneau also boasted in an internal meeting about how she is inserting the “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” into children’s programming and “adding queerness” wherever she can. The news came out after Disney CEO Bob Chapek and the rest of the Disney corporation had already launched into a battle with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over the Parental Rights in Education legislation he signed into law.
“That was it for me,” Geffers told The Epoch Times. “I didn’t want to go anymore. So, I made calls to see about getting a refund on my tickets.”
Unfortunately, Geffers said the effort went nowhere. Two separate calls put him on hold for at least 20 minutes each time. He finally gave up, and the seven of them just decided to go. After all, seven tickets for a two-day trip to two parks had already cost them over $2,000. It would have been a tremendous waste.
Then they got an idea. It involved “a plain white T-shirt and a couple of sharpies.”
“I had to make a statement,” Geffers said. “So, I went out and bought a T-shirt. I put a couple of things on the back and a couple of things on the front and I wore it to the park.”
On the back, Geffers wrote “Hello Boys and Girls, Ladies and Gentlemen.” On the front, he wrote, “Walt Not Woke.” While he wasn’t sure how people were going to respond, Geffers said he needed to do something to express how he felt about what was going on at “the happiest place on earth.”
On the first day, Geffers and the rest of his entourage went to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. According to Geffers, they hadn’t even gotten into the park before he noticed people pointing, whispering, smiling, and making comments. “Walt Not Woke” seemed to be the favorite.
“I was very surprised,” Geffers said, recalling how even the employees who were directing guests toward the entrance were commenting, saying: “Nice T-shirt,” and “I like your shirt.” When they got inside and proceeded toward the gate for admission, more employees made comments on how they liked the shirt. “It was nice to hear,” he said.
“Once inside the park and throughout the day, many people came up and wanted to take a picture with him, saying ‘I have to send this to my husband, he didn’t want me to come today’ or “I’m going to send this to my buddy, he’s going to get a kick out of this.’ Some people would just tap me on the shoulder and say, ‘Hey, thanks for wearing that shirt’ or ‘I like your shirt.’ He even made sure to get a picture of himself in the T-shirt with his daughters.
This is an excerpt from The Epoch Times.
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