The conservative media does itself and its cause no favors when it indulges in the same kind of warped and biased logic, as well as shameless appeals to emotion, that it–rightly–accuses the Left-leaning media of inflicting on the public.
This story is stunningly simple from an ethics perspective. Walt Disney World has a rule that all visitors must wear masks at all times. A careless father who didn’t bother to do his research and preparation for a family trip to the theme park arrived to find that his 7-year-old daughter, who cannot wear a mask due to a disability, would not be allowed in. That was the correct call by Disney. It doesn’t matter whether the rule is excessive or extreme: this is a pandemic-related health rule for the safety, peace of mind and security of Disney’s guests. If everyone doesn’t wear masks, then no one will regard the rule as fair or serious. There can’t be exceptions to such rules, especially, “Aw. just this once, after all, the kid has a disability and has really been looking forward to this” exceptions.
Conservatives have mercilessly mocked the hypocrisy of the mainstream media trying to draw impossible distinctions between funerals of f “the little people’s” family members and funerals of black Democratic Party icons, or beach partiers and George Floyd protesters/rioter/vandals. Nevertheless, all it takes is a heartstrings- tugging story and a choked up dad to have the conservative media blaming Disney rather than the individual responsible.
Richard Ross, who lives in Pennsylvania, tearfully explained that his family spent two years planning a vacation toThe Magic Kingdom, and it was ruined when they arrived in Florida last week only to be told their autistic 7-year-old daughter would not be able to enter the park without wearing a mask. The Rosses assumed their child would be able to enter without a mask because Orange County allows medical exemptions, Well, whose fault is that? Disney, like all private enterprises, can have more stringent pandemic rules than the state or county requires.
The family should have inquired in advance, of course. Ross isn’t even as sympathetic as Clark Griswold, who didn’t check to make sure Wally World was open before embarking on a his vehicular pilgrimage. Chevy Chase had no reason to think Wally World would be closed. Ross, in contrast, knew he would have to get an exemption for his daughter to enter the theme park.
Ross didn’t take John Candy hostage, but he did pull out his phone to take video of the exchange with the Disney employee, who was doing his job. (This is the 2020 equivalent of pulling a toy gun. It’s an attempt at intimidation.) “Can my daughter — who is autistic with sensory issues —enter your park without a mask because she medically can’t wear a mask?” Ross asked, recording all the while. “Sir, I apologize, I know you’re frustrated,” the worker says. “At this time…at this time we ask that anyone entering our park …”
Ross cuts him off, saying, “Just answer the question: Are you refusing to follow the Americans with Disabilities Act laws?”
Wrong. The Americans with Disabilities Act does not require businesses to allow the disabled to infect people.
“It’s a disgrace,” Ross told the sympathetic metaphorical ears of Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. “For someone with sensory processing disorder, [wearing a mask] is literally torture to them. Their brain cannot process the signals it’s receiving — her heart starts pounding, she can’t breathe.”
Then you don’t take her somewhere that requires everyone to wear a mask. You screwed up. Be accountable. This your fault, 100%.
In a video Ross posted online, he continued to shift blame to Disney for his own botch.
“Listening to somebody tell you it’s okay to discriminate against your handicapped child, do you know how hard that is? Do you know how hard it is to hear someone say, ‘Well, it’s okay for us to tell your kid [that] because they’re different, that they can’t do it. ‘Now that you’ve paid all this money and you’re here — everywhere that you live in Pennsylvania when you have a medical issue you don’t have to wear a mask — but now that you’re here, thanks for your money, sucker. Your kid’s different, so you can sit in your room for a week.”
..thus moving down the evolutionary scale from fool to asshole. Disney told him that his child would be treated like everyone else, as it should have. He was the one demanding special treatment because she was handicapped. No one’s discriminating against the girl. He was demanding special treatment that would undermine the willingness of every other guest to comply with the rules. Ross created the circumstances that disappointed his daughter, because he assumed what he should not have assumed.
And what does Pennsylvania have to do with the regulations in Disney World?
Never mind. Disney owns ABC and ESPN. It’s one of those progressive bad guys. The conservative media feels it’s appropriate to use emotion to mislead the public—just like “kids in cages.”—and focus anger where it doesn’t belong, because “they had it coming.”