I believe he was making fun of Disney's hypocrisy over the removal of some, but not all, gator related things from WDW following the incident.
I wasn't a fan of '74, but I do think this is correct. I remember his new avatar seeming to mock the apparent over-the-top effort by Disney to remove all gator references.
This. When the attack happened, Disney reacted to the event in a very knee jerk and half-hazard way. They began removing some of the gator/croc references from their property's attractions, but only selectively so. There was a large thread about these changes back when the attack occurred-
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Disney's reaction to the attack somehow simultaneously came across as an absurd overreaction, but also half-baked for what they were trying to achieve. What was deemed inappropriate or appropriate was quite odd. For example, they removed the following references from the parks temporarily-
However at the same time, Disney management somehow did NOT remove the following gator related references, several of which are considerably more morbid and violent-
- All gators/crocs in Living with the Land (the live ones never came back).
- Tick Tock float from the Festival of Fantasy parade.
- Tick Tock float from the Water Pageant.
- Some of the jokes in Jungle Cruise related to biting or eating people.
- Louis from Princess and the Frog in the castle shows.
- Gator references in a Disney Junior show.
It should also be noted that someone reported in the thread that at least one Disney gift shops was still selling gator themed merchandise. I'm not sure if this gator purge across property even included merchandise at all.
- The gator animatronics in Jungle Cruise.
- Tick Tock figures in Peter Pan's Flight, including Hook trapped in its jaws struggling to escape...
- The ballerina portrait in Haunted Mansion, which also has a gator on the verge of eating her.
- Splash Mountain gators, including the one biting Brer Fox's tail and trying to pull him underwater.
- The statues at Port Orleans and Fantasia Golf.
In addition, a Disney cast member was fired when she posted this photo on Twitter of a sign management had put up in the break room (after her post went viral, the sign was removed and her job reinstated by higher ups)-
Didn't know any of this. Appreciate everyone for informing me.Imagine getting all worked up over these temporary changes. The kind of reaction that can only happen if you're looking for agenda-fuel.
It seems pretty clear to me as an outsider... The references that stayed are rather difficult/expensive ones to remove in the first place and none of them are front and center for all to see at their flagship park a la the castle show and the water pageant. They took the steps that they reasonably could for a brief amount of time, either for legal purposes or as a Goodwill gesture to the family, it honestly doesn't matter.
Even with this context, it's an incredibly immature joke to make.
Perhaps there would have been a more tactful way of presenting his argument. Though 74 was never known for being tactful.