Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Must not portray ANYONE as fat
It looks like the fat acceptance people are not accepting fat!
Disney reopened a controversial attraction at its Orlando theme-park on Friday after it was removed over claims it mocked fat children.
Habit Heroes an interactive educational program at Epcot was launched last February with the aim of helping kids live more healthily.
Its animated characters depicting a rotund fairy called Snacker; an exercise averse character called Lead Bottom and a greedy baddy known as The Glutton were battled by happy and fit action figures called Will Power and Callie Stenics when the attraction first opened.
But for many the message went too far and complaints flooded in that the exhibit stigmatized overweight children.
The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance said in a statement: 'We're appalled to learn that Disney, a traditional hallmark of childhood happiness and joy, has fallen under the shadow of negativity and discrimination.
Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an assistant professor of family medicine, told the Calgary Herald, 'It's so dumbfounding it's unreal. I just can't believe somebody out there thought it was a good idea to pick up where the school bullies left off and shame kids on their vacation.'
The sight was closed after a month but reopened on Friday minus the taunting characters, according to the Orlando Sentinel.