After planning a trip to Anaheim’s Disneyland resort, a San Diego mom was targeted by park employees and kicked out. While out with her family enjoying the expensive family vacation, a Disneyland employee told her that her outfit was showing too much cleavage. Mom Melissa Behnken was approached by a park employee who asked her to cover her chest. The “inappropriate” outfit she wore was showing off too much of her large chest in the family park. And because she completely disagreed with the Disneyland staffer, she was outraged. But she had to leave the park nonetheless because they were already calling security on her.
Behnken later spoke up about the body shaming she experienced at Disneyland. And she contacted 10News to described the experience and how Disneyland made her feel terrible about her body in front of her family.
“This gentleman out of nowhere comes up to me and just says, ‘You need to pull your top up,'” said Behnken. “I was looking at him like, ‘Excuse me? Are you serious?'”
“This is a family park. You are showing too much,” the employee allegedly said.
“I guess women with large chests are expected to wear turtlenecks their whole lives,” said Behnken to 10News.
The trip to Disneyland was the Behnken’s first family vacation since Melissa’s husband returned from deployment. That’s right. Disneyland targeted a military veteran who was eager to spend some quality time with his beloved family. They had been eager to visit the “Happiest Place on Earth.” But because she was criticized for her big bust, the trip was ruined.
The California mom filed a formal complaint with the park and the Disney Corporation. And she is ready to fight until she feels like justice is served.
“I heard him say to put on a sweater or to pull her shirt up,” Hailey told the US TV network. “Maybe they need to do more exclusive training on what is OK to say to people that come there,” she said. She certainly doesn’t feel like her visit to Disneyland was what she expected for visiting a place that is supposed to be happy. She felt victimized for something she couldn’t control – her body.
Disney reached out to apologize, but Behnken wants more.“Maybe they need to do more exclusive training on what is OK to say to people that come there,” suggested Behnken.
Disney has a policy where clothing that “exposes excessive portions of the skin” is deemed inappropriate for the family park.
But according to the family photos from the park visit, Behnken’s outfit showed hardly any cleavage at all. Had she removed the outer layer of clothing when the employee approached her? Or are these pictures the truth?
Before closing out her discussion with the news agency, the outraged mom added, “I guess women with large chests are expected to wear turtlenecks their whole lives.”
Do you think this mother should have been kicked out for her outfit? Or do you think what she is wearing in this photo is acceptable for a family trip to Disneyland?