Lately, The has been at the center of controversy resulting from a clash of cultures, ideologies, beliefs, and personal values. But the most recent topics of controversy surrounding Disney aren’t the strangest topics by far.
Once upon a time, The was at the center of a controversy over .
According to a post in the Los Angeles Times, were once charged with sharing . The scenario usually applied to those who played the roles of Disney characters in the parks, such as , , , Daisy Duck, Goofy, and other characters for whom wore full costumes including a bodysuit and a headpiece.
“Things have been passed around,” said , a at . “I know I don’t want to share my and I don’t want to share my .”
Not only did the sharing of costumes make many feel uncomfortable, but the practice also led to multiple reporting that they had contracted and from doing so. such as jockstraps, , and bike shorts worn underneath the
was not routinely worn with the costumes because it can bunch up under the costumes and become noticeable to Guests. For this reason, the practice at the time involved the use of other types of , such as jockstraps and the like.
Each night, were to turn in their worn along with their costumes before heading to their cars to drive home for the evening. The next day, they were instructed to pick up a different set of and costuming.
When Disney’s and was also a shop steward with the Teamsters who represented -playing at Disney, said at the time that hot water was not being used. began to share their concern with management, explained that they use hot water when laundering the . But Steverson, who worked at
Eventually, the Teamsters union sat down with to discuss the issue of shared, sometimes unclean in the parks to draw up a new contract that would make the possibility of being handed stained, smelly a thing of the past.
Under a new contract drawn up between the two parties, would be assigned . Each night, instead of turning them in to , would be tasked with taking them home and laundering them.
The contract was drawn up and agreed upon over a period of two long months at the negotiating table.