Disneyland and Disney World have taken a strange and controversial statement on gay rights, which will be on prime display on the heads of many visitors.
With Gay Pride Month coming up, Disney theme parks have quietly rolled out “Mickey Mouse Rainbow Love Ears,” a new spin on the traditional Mouseketeer ears that have been around for over half a century. Although it isn’t explicitly labeled as a gay-themed product, Disney’s intent is clear.
With rainbow-colored ears and an embroidered design of Mickey’s hands making a “heart,” visitors can have their names embroidered onto it – in rainbow lettering. They sell for $18.
The gay Mickey ears weren’t announced or promoted prior to release, and only came to light after visitors to Disney parks began posting pictures online.
Disney usually avoids controversial social issues, and rarely makes political statements, which is why the gay Mickey ears got a low-key rollout. Other variations of Mickey ears are usually limited to character-themed ears or solid color variations.
The gay Mickey ears are only available in their theme parks, and aren’t available online.
Leftists are, of course, pretty psyched about the development, and eager to get their hands on some rainbow Mickey ears. Huffington Post even called the hats a “dream come true.” The Disney company has never officially sanctioned same-sex couplings in its park before, or come out in support of same-sex marriage, but the park does allow same-sex wedding ceremonies and proposals. It also plays host to an unofficial Pride event called “gay days” in the spring.
Other people plan to use the ears to mock people of faith, as this tweet shows.
Disney World got gay ears and I need to get them just to piss off old religious people pic.twitter.com/wsGYJhqYsw
— nct dream supremacist 🍼 (@Iuvbin) April 21, 2018