It was bound to happen in today’s political climate. Politics has intruded on Disney World, and people are surprised that it didn’t happen sooner.
As you may well have heard, Disney World unveiled its animatronic version of President Trump for its “Hall of Presidents” 10 days ago with internet wags remarking that it looked so little like Donald Trump that Disney must have repurposed the Hillary Clinton robot that they had been working on up until election day.
Despite the lack of resemblance, the robotic Trump worked at its job with considerably more diligence than the actual President Trump who has spent the last six days straight playing golf at his Mar-a-Lago resort. Everything was running smoothly until Wednesday.
That was when Jay Malsky, a comedian and actor, decided to visit the popular Disney World attraction and interject his own commentary at the point in the show where Trump takes the oath of office, according to a report today in The Huffington Post. Malsky tweeted a video of his protest/performance artwork for you to thoroughly enjoy under his Twitter handle, Earnest Gay Thoughts. The protest begins at about a minute and twenty seconds into the video.
— Earnest Gay Thoughts (@JayMalsky) December 27, 2017
The comedian was fairly quickly quieted by Disney World security whom he credited with remarkable restraint, calling them “amazing” and saying that they “could not have been more professional and courteous to me once they made sure I wasn’t a legitimate threat to anyone.”
Malsky emailed a more extended account of the reasons for his protest to Splinternews.com:
“Donald Trump is a mad man with fascist tendancies [sic] who has persuaded millions of middle-class Americans to vote against their own interests. So I was worried I’d be put on some sort of list (if I’m not already) and probably incur the wrath of ignorant sheeple. But I figured a bunch of them would be at this ride and wanted to show their kids what a protest looks like before Trump murders democracy. If people are upset that I disrupted their family vacation, I hope they’ll think about the thousands [of] children being taken away from their parents because of Trump’s racist immigration policies, or the parents of the hundreds of trans people murdered each year by transphobic and homophobic people, or the negative impacts of the tax bill on poor and middle-income Americans. I encourage anyone outraged that I interrupted a ride at Disney to check their privelege [sic].”
While Malsky’s spelling may not be the best, his politics are right on the money.
Twitter exploded once the news of Malsky’s bold protest went viral. Some praised the protest.
Not all heroes wear capes https://t.co/GB5GsgZq3H
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 28, 2017
I still think the crowd should just bum rush the stage, drag the Trump robot out onto Main Street, and set it on fire. https://t.co/OOne0YtghS
— Ron Hogan (@RonHogan) December 28, 2017
I love you. pic.twitter.com/rI1B68FrCl
— Must-Resist (@aecdemblue) December 29, 2017
Trump supporters heckled Malsky’s tweet mercilessly, citing the children in the audience and the parents who shelled out megabucks to take them to Disney World.
Awful. I can't imagine how scared and confused some of those children were.
— M.B. (@hulahulababy) December 28, 2017
Malsky had an appropriate reply to those who aren’t used to having their lives disrupted by political action not coming from Republicans trying to destroy their access to much-needed government services.
Probably more scared than the children being taken away from their parents due to @realDonaldTrump's inhumane immigration policies. Or more scared than a trans kid who fears getting murdered for being who they are. Or a sick child who has just lost access to healthcare.
— Earnest Gay Thoughts (@JayMalsky) December 28, 2017
The Daily Caller, a right-wing web site, reported on the protest and called Malsky “the saddest man in America,” noting that he has performed in drag as Hillary Clinton, whom he resembles about as much as the animatronic Trump looks like the President. Malsky’s response is priceless.
— Earnest Gay Thoughts (@JayMalsky) December 29, 2017
In the end, it was the Orlando Sentinel that had the best comment on the brouhaha.
“We’re honestly a bit surprised it took this long to happen,” they said.
We’re honestly surprised it doesn’t happen every day.