Six years later, the video has resurfaced after it was shared on TikTok by user Evan Snead, who said the footage “just boils my blood” and went on to explain why people shouldn’t treat the Disney actors like this as most people wouldn’t want to be unsolicitedly touched at their own place of work.
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“If you do not want a stranger going up to you, in public, at your place of work, and putting their hands all over you, then don’t do it to the characters,” says Snead. “The characters want you to have a great time, and enjoy meeting them, but it is their place of work. It is a family place of business.”
The video has been viewed more than 12 million times since Snead shared it on TikTok and it has predictably ignited a fierce reaction from viewers, aghast at the woman’s behaviour.
“The fact that she didn’t seem to understand why he was making her leave infuriates me! Why would you think it’s ok to touch somebody you don’t know?” said one person. “How about we don’t touch anyone without permission?” wrote another.
Several performers who claimed to have done similar roles to the actor in the video also weighed into the conversation and echoed the same sentiments. “As a character performer, please don’t do things like this! And another big thing is please don’t let your children run up hitting us and stuff,” said one man. “As a character actor at Disney please don’t do this to me!” added another.
However, some people attempted to defend the woman and criticised Gaston for overreacting. One person said: “I feel like he overreacted, you can educate someone on proper adequate [sic] without embarassing them.” Another wrote: “He shouldn’t have screamed so loud because like he mentioned himself it’s a family place and for the character to scream like that...”
Snead, who regularly makes videos about Disney and their theme parks, has since told The Independent: “I hope it sheds some light on treating others with respect and reaches people who otherwise wouldn’t have known proper etiquette when it comes to meeting Disney characters.”