There’s been an article floating around recently from Jezebel about a woman who was turned down for a job at Tilted Kilt because her legs were too muscular. The story was then picked up by Orlando Weekly. Comments on both articles were mixed and ranged from people thinking it was disgusting, to people who thought “Big *expletive* deal. It has nothing to do with being threatened by you. It’s their gimmick,” to people who couldn’t understand why this was even a story.
Personally, I don’t understand why this was a story either. Somebody else gets turned down from an entertainment job because you don’t fit their image? That happens every day.
Disney has very specific standards for their entertainers. If they’re going to employee someone to be one of their face characters, that person must match requirements for their face, their height, and body type. They’re less strict on costumed characters but they still need to match height requirements down to the inch. And they have every right to be so strict. They’re hiring people as entertainers to capture and maintain their image and standards.
When is the last time you’ve heard someone try to sue Disney over being turned down for their body not fitting Disney standards? Or when have you seen somebody who feels so entitled to have that job that they reach out to the media because they didn’t get the job?
You don’t. Part of that is because nobody in their right mind would try to take on Disney’s lawyers from The Barkett Law Firm over something so petty. But they also understand that the job they’re applying for is one where your physical appearance plays a huge factor. It’s understood that if Disney doesn’t think you’re physically right for the role, then that’s the end of it.
I’m not writing this to try to persuade you on “breastraunts” like Hooters or Tilted Kilt and whether I think they’re good or bad. No, I’m writing this for you to understand that it’s their right to hire based on appearances because when they hired waitresses, they’re not technically hiring you as a “waitress.” They’re hiring “entertainers” that serve food.
You’re being hired as an entertainer who is supposed to fulfill a certain image for the restaurant. They have physical standards for their entertainers and they must fit the uniforms provided. If the restaurant doesn’t feel you meet those standards or don’t properly fit into the uniform, they have every right to turn you down for the position. It’s the same as Disney, Universal, or even a modeling job.