Undoubtedly you’ve heard rumors this week that PUSH, the talking trashcan from Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom, may be leaving forever on Saturday. In fact, Disney fans have been using the hashtag on twitter “#SavePUSH” religiously over the last 24 hours in desperation to convince Disney not to can the trashcan.
Well, since then, a Disney spokesperson has been quoted that the long-time character “isn’t going anywhere”. In fact, the character may have never been in real jeopardy at all.
Rumor has it that contract negotiations for PUSH were reaching a deadline this week and whoever was negotiating for the character may have pushed some otherwise reputable members of the Disney online community into starting the online campaign instead of taking whatever deal was on the table. So, to make this clear, PUSH’s owner apparently was unhappy with how his negotiations for more money were going and decided it would be best to use fans and members of the media to convince Disney to pay him more money.
Many Disney fan websites jumped on the band-wagon over the course of the last day and posted about the possible end of PUSH, probably unaware that they were being used and thinking they were doing some good for the performer and the fans of the character.
While recent similar campaigns, such as the one to save Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, were reportedly started by fans after an official statement about the performers had been made to some department in the company, this could be the first time a performer has tried to use manipulation in social media to assure they have a job at Disney at their desired pay rate. If true, this could certainly mean an interesting future for how Disney handles contract negotiations with entertainers at the parks. One could only assume that there are some people in management at Walt Disney World who are very unhappy with the situation, to say the least…
UPDATE: As of Sunday, Disney has informed cast members internally that PUSH will no longer be greeting guests and his contract will not be renewed. It is unclear at this time if this was caused by the scandal over the last 2 days or if they just simply could not reach an agreement. We will provide more info if and when it becomes available.
So, what do you think about this? Does this bother you? Why or why not?