Wednesday, January 8, 2014

M I C K E Y...MOU SE...BAH HUMBUG!

M I C--K E Y...M O U S E... In 1955 we lived in Tampa, Florida and I attended Vila Madonna Dela Neve Parochial (Catholic) School. Mama drove us to school and picked us up. Homework was done after supper and bedtime was 8:30. On Television that year Walt Disney introduced The Mickey Mouse Club. I was a fan...devoted and true. My goal in life was to have a pair of ears like Annettes. Doesn't seem like much of a goal, but considering I didn't attain my ears until Christmas of 2013, it sort of puts things into perspective. If pressed I can still name most of the Mouseketeers...including Jimmy Dodd and Roy (the Big Mouseketeer). I was grown before I knew that Uncle Walt started the show in order to pay for Disneyland. I wasn't shocked by this news, it went along with all I knew of the Commercial world of Want vs Need. But all I really knew was where once I merely needed those Mouse Ears now at the age of forty (1988) I simply wanted them...w a nte d them!!! While we traveled and lived all over the East Coast and the United Kingdom, I was no closer to getting my ears. I know I could have ordered them from some catalog but I wanted my ears to come from Disney (Land or World, it made not a whit of difference). Now, onto the point of my missive. Jobs. Our nation is in some trouble. Our people need work while our supurb work ethic is still intact. ABC and Good Morning America started a trend in 2012 called "Made In America". They encouraged us to go through our homes and chuck out anything not made in America. We found that in most cases we would have to completely refurnish our homes from the rugs that covered our floors (and sometimes the floors) to the lighting that was above our heads...out goes the furniture all bedding the silverware and kitchen items .! But in the meantime if you try to observe "Buy American", according to ABC and GMA you can bring serious jobs back to the good old USA simply by buying all you can that is actually made here and not overseas or north and south of the border. You rock ABC! Now, did you know that Disney owns ABC? Yes, they do. So that made me proud of Disney, that they were pushing the Made In America theme much as WalMart did in the 80's. Now back to the Ears. My son Wallace and daughter(inlaw) Sara spent their first anniversary in Disneyworld. For Christmas I was presented with my mouse ears. My name was embroidered on the black felt and the ears were upright, the Disney emblem proudly stitched on the front. I held them lovingly in my hands. They were finally mine. Later on, after the excitement of Christmas and getting my ears had calmed, I happened to look at the label inside my Mouse Ears...after the copyright jargon, there it was. Made in Thailand. My heart froze...inside my head I was screaming NOOOOO! Tell me it isn't so. Shame on you Disney. Shame shame shame. I looked at my ears, felt the betrayal and placed the ears in my closet...yes, I hung up my ears . For shame Disney...both Land and World...thy name is Anathema. Look it up.

10 comments:

Brian Miller said...

a strong dislike...hey its popular to pump nationalism....maybe not profitable though...

its a good lesson though...we dont often think of the working conditions of those who create the things we buy...

Vee said...

Oh the betrayal. Will you be writing to Mr. Iger? Will you not even wear them for your son and daughter-in-law?

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Made in America used to be a slogan of pride and superior products. But, like you said, if we actually tossed out everything in our homes that was not made in America, we'd have noting left!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Made in America used to be a slogan of pride and superior products. But, like you said, if we actually tossed out everything in our homes that was not made in America, we'd have noting left!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Made in America used to be a slogan of pride and superior products. But, like you said, if we actually tossed out everything in our homes that was not made in America, we'd have noting left!

Sally said...

Well now, that is disgusting to say the least. I hate to say though, I'm not surprised. Perhaps Mr. Disney started out right, but when others took over it changed. Let's think that way.

I often say to myself to look for the made in USA, but sometimes I get too much in a hurry. I'm glad you brought it up here though, Sandi. I'm gonna try to do better. We all should.

Love ya!!

Lee said...

Write a letter to ABC and tell them they aren't standing by what they encourage American's to do. If you make it a petition I'll sign it.

Loved the stories!
Lee

Carver said...

You are such a good story teller.

Donna said...

Oh Sandi! I would have stomped on them!!Hahaaa!!!
Now, if ONLY Good Morning America would do the same today!
We also went to Parochial schools and our mom took us and picked us up...those were the days!
hughugs

Ann Cordner said...

We used to be encouraged to buy everything manufactured or grown in UK, now the mantra is to avoid "food miles" because of global warming. Good ethos, but not easy in practice.