Sarah Daniels is an actress and internet personality, and a former Disney worker who discusses aspects of her career on her popular TikTok channel, where she currently has upwards of 63,500 followers. Her videos often center around different aspects of her work as an actress, particularly one who has played a Disney princess.
Many of her videos explain details about the costumes or other aspects of what it’s like to work “behind the scenes” where the magic is made. Among Ms. Daniels’ past gigs is working at Disney amusement parks as the live-action version of Tinkerbell. Recently, Ms. Daniels revealed in a viral TikTok video clip that when she was in character as Tink, married men would harass and try to hit on her.
“How many Dads end up hitting on you BECAUSE you’re in character?” One viewer asked her. “As opposed to because you’re an attractive woman?”
“I feel like if dudes are going to be creeps and hit on you, they’re going to hit on you whether you’re a character or not,” Daniels responded in a video designated to answer the question.
“But there were many moments, especially as Tinker Bell, where I had married men hand me keys to their hotel room and tell me where they were staying.”
The video quickly went viral. At the time of this writing, it has accumulated over 518,000 views and 47,600 likes in a matter of days.
In a follow-up video, Ms. Daniels explains that, “As a face character, the word ‘no’ is literally not in your vocabulary,” so she couldn’t directly refuse the keys or any other unwanted advances—on pain of losing her job.
She explained that she would usually “defer [harassing and inappropriate men] to her character attendants,” i.e., her cosplay bodyguards. Because that is a thing that Disney princesses at a family amusement park need, for their safety. Because Disney will fire them—i.e., take away their livelihood and damage their careers—if they say no to men behaving aggressively and inappropriately. Well. That tracks. Great example that Disney is setting for the little girls who visit those amusement parks and idolize those princesses, isn’t it?