HolyCoast: Disney Runs Afoul of the Fat Lobby

Friday, March 02, 2012

Disney Runs Afoul of the Fat Lobby

Where's Michelle Obama when you really need her?
Epcot's new Habit Heroes attraction, which tackles childhood obesity, has landed in big fat trouble.

Shortly after its unofficial opening last month, the interactive exhibit was blasted by critics for stigmatizing fat kids. Now, Disney has closed the Innoventions exhibit for "retooling."

The official opening date of March 5 has been postponed indefinitely, according to officials from Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The health insurer partnered with Disney to create the exhibit, which takes visitors through a series of interactive experiences to fight bad habits.

"Habit Heroes is currently in a soft-opening period, which gives us a chance to collect guest feedback and test and adjust the attraction prior to its opening," said John W. Herbkersman, spokesman for Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
And feedback they got.

"We're appalled to learn that Disney, a traditional hallmark of childhood happiness and joy, has fallen under the shadow of negativity and discrimination," came a heated response from the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance.

"It appears that Disney now believes that using the tool of shame, favored so much by today's healthcare corporations, is the best way to communicate with children," said the association's statement. "Disney, in partnering with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, has taken the side of the bullies."...

Housed inside Innoventions, the park's futuristic showcase of ideas, Habit Heroes features animated fitness buffs Will Power and Callie Stenics, who take groups of up to 12 guests through interactive rooms, where they fight bad habits such as too much television and junk food.

Cartoon villains include the super-sized Snacker and Lead Bottom.
Oh wait, they have Lead Bottom. Michelle is represented after all.

2 comments:

Nightingale said...

Remember when having a baby out of wedlock was shameful? Not anymore! Now single motherhood is like some badge of honor; like it's such an accomplishment to get pregnant.

And did you know that the term STD has been changed to STI: Sexually Transmitted Infection? Because we didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings by saying they have a disease?

But fat kids are now an acceptable target?

MO and her skinny husband should go back to teaching kids to read, and leave the lunches to their parents.

Sam L. said...

Them thar folks is bullies!

I hate bullies, and won't vote for 'em.