Thursday, August 19, 2010

Disneyland sued over Hijab Discrimination

Shame on you Mickey..

Can the world not see how the hijab is a symbol of modesty? I'm guessing if she showed up half naked showing deep cleavage, that would conform with the so called "Disney look".

Newsflash, Arabs do not dress like Princess Jasmine Disney-folk, get with the times!

Although, its not merely a Disney phenomena. Lots of employers, even as far-flung as here in the Middle East, will not assign veiled women to work in the fore-front. Why that is the case in Arab countries baffles me.

Like I said before, I just don't understand the duality of accepting a woman who parades around in clothes ill-fitting for a toddler, much less a grown adult, and frowning upon Muslim women who are covered up?

from Zawya:

LOS ANGELES (AFP)--A Muslim woman is suing Disneyland, accusing Walt Disney Co.'s (DIS) California theme park of discrimination for telling her she couldn't serve customers if she chose to wear a headscarf.

Imane Boudlal, 26, asked her employers at Disneyland's Grand Californian Hotel several months ago whether they would permit her to wear a headcovering while working as a hostess, a spokeswoman for a worker's union said.

But when no reply was forthcoming, she decided to don the headscarf anyway, timing her decision with the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, said Leigh Shelton, a spokesman for the UNITE HERE Local 11 union.

"Disney told Boudlal that if she wanted to work as a hostess she had to remove her hijab because it did not comply with the 'Disney Look,'" Shelton said in a statement.

"Disney further advised Boudlal that if she refused to remove her hijab, she could either work a back-of-the-house position where any customers wouldn't see her, or else go home."

"Their offer to put me in the back is humiliating," she said in a statement. "They're saying because I'm Arab, because I'm Moroccan, because I'm Muslim, they don't want to see me in the front."

The local branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group, said it had sent a letter to Disney demanding that the company accommodate Boudlal.

"There is no justification for Disney's refusal to allow Ms. Boudlal to wear her headscarf at work," said Ameena Mirza Qazi, deputy executive director and staff attorney at the group.

"To say that her headscarf would somehow impact guests is not only insulting to her, but is deeply offensive to the thousands of Muslims who open up their pocketbooks at Disney parks and resorts every year," Qazi added in a statement.

So in a way, this would make Mickey Mouse a pervert, would it not?


swera said...

I really hope she wins the case!

Anonymous said...

مو على شان احنا عرب ،، لان احنا مسلمين.

قبل الاسلام العرب كانوا يعبدون الأصنام ، الله كرمنا بالإسلام ليكون اسمى من اي انتماء.

Anonymous said...

What are your thoughts on the Burqa ban in France & other European countries)? Many people say the women should assimilate and conform to the culture & way of life of the country, while others say it's their right to wear what they want. In Kuwait, if a woman is seen wearing a halter top or mini skirt in public she would be frowned upon by many-- but she is not doing anything wrong-- it is the culture that assumes that what she is wearing is improper. In the end, non-Muslims end up assimilating to the ways of the culture here.