A couple months back, I posted an innocuous little blurb about a new t-shirt being sold at Magic Kingdom (specifically in the Sir Mickey’s shop in Fantasyland). As is the duty of every person who writes something on the internet, this post was intended to mock a large corporation for its fact checking, and to score points with the media, and to catapult me into international folk hero status.
Little did I know that this would all come true.
This touching, poignant essay on the state of Disney t-shirt artwork has clearly been making its way up the executive food chain. It started with some low-level merchandise managers, found its way up to Tom Staggs (little known fact: Tom Staggs must approve every design submitted by merchandisers with a green rubber stamped nicknamed “Tom Stamp”), and eventually made it all the way to Bob Iger, who addressed at last week’s board meeting.
The Main Street t-shirt design has since been corrected, and a new offering is now for sale in Sir Mickey. All because we dared to be a voice peeing into the wind. It just goes to show you, kids. You CAN make a difference!