Rapper Joey Bada $$ loaded up 30 of his family for a trip to Disney World on Saturday, but said the day was wasted when the theme park turned down his cousin with autism because he wasn’t wearing a mask .
“You just turned down an autistic child from Disney World,” the recent Grammy nominee said during a confrontation with Disney World staff in a video posted to his Instagram account. ” Nothing to say? Maybe one day, when you have children, you will understand. ”
The rapper explained that his autistic cousin does not tolerate masks.
“The child thinks the mask is suffocating, the child also does not know why it is even a requirement,” he wrote in a caption.
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Disney World currently requires face masks for all people two years of age and older. The only exceptions are people who “actively eat or drink”, and there is nothing in the policy regarding people with disabilities.
Disney World did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
Wearing a mask is “not possible” for some autistic children, according to Autism Speaks, the largest nonprofit autism awareness organization in the United States.
“While wearing a mask is a recommendation, and in many areas a requirement, to slow the spread of COVID-19, it is important to recognize the specific needs and challenges of members of the autistic community that may be affected by significant sensory sensitivities, ”writes the organization.
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This is not the first mask conflict at the theme park since it reopened last June following a temporary closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A man was arrested last month after allegedly spitting at a Disney security guard who asked him to put on his face mask, WFTV reports.