An anti-Trump protester proudly heckled the animatronic of President Trump at Walt Disney World and posted a video of his “protest” to social media this week.
— Earnest Gay Thoughts (@JayMalsky) December 27, 2017
Jay Malsky, an actor and comedian, created a scene at Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents attraction earlier this week, much to the confusion of families in attendance. Right before the animatronic of President Trump was started to speak, Malsky started a series of “Lock him up” chants.
Malsky immediately faced a backlash on social media after he decided to share the video he recorded of his protest.
You yelled and cursed at a robot, in front of children. You aren't brave. You aren't smart. You selfishly took away from the experiences of others. People spend thousands to go there, pig. Now people will remember the asshole leftists screaming profanity.
— Ministry of Tw🙏tter Goodthinker (@Melvin_Udall_) December 28, 2017
Disney World is a private park and has a set of guidelines and standards to ensure guests have a good experience. That video is disgusting and immature. Families trying to enjoy their vacations not listen to your friends ridiculous shouting. Yelling at an animatronic….yikes
— Kenny Liszewski (@kenny_liszewski) December 28, 2017
When we say adults can relive their childhood at Disney, we don’t mean the fits and tantrums.
— Nicolas Tomboulides (@Tomboulides) December 28, 2017
In a comment to The Wrap, Malsky argued that anyone who is concerned that his “protest” disrupted a family vacation can “check their privilege.”
“Anyone that’s upset I disrupted a family vacation can check their privilege and consider getting mad about the thousands of children being taken away from their parents because of Trump’s racist immigration policies, or the families of the hundreds of trans Americans murdered each year by transphobic and homophobic people, or the negative impacts of the tax bill on poor and middle-income Americans,” he said.
Malsky then praised Walt Disney World security for treating him professionally when they were escorting him from the show building. “Disney security is amazing and they do a great job protecting the millions of people who frequent their parks every day,” he explained. “They could not have been more professional and courteous to me once they made sure I wasn’t a legitimate threat to anyone.”
Malsky said that he chose to “protest” the Trump animatronic because he will “never get this close in real life probs.” Once Malsky’s chant began, audience members audibly began to express their frustration with his decision to interrupt the show.
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
Malsky justified scaring some of the children in attendance by arguing that President Trump’s immigration policies do more significant harm to children.
“Probably more scared than the children being taken away from their parents due to @realDonaldTrump’s inhumane immigration policies,” he wrote in a tweet. “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.”