It’s the newest, viral, Easter story that you’ve seen all over the news. If you haven’t heard it (story HERE), let me tell it to you.
Once upon a time, an Easter Bunny in Central Florida completed his annual duties of ensuring his eggs made it out to all of the boys and girls in the area, and was ready to celebrate another successful year doing his part to bring happiness to the world on this holiday.
The Easter Bunny decided to celebrate by going to the club to rage with his friends in downtown Orlando. While he was hopping along on Orange Avenue, he witnessed a physical altercation between a man and a woman on the street.
Our Easter Bunny couldn’t stand by and watch this fight go any further and decided to intervene. During the struggle, the man decided to expand his attack to include the Easter Bunny and began turning his aggression towards our egg providing friend.
Well, the Easter Bunny wasn’t no punk and wasn’t about to be disrespected in front of the Orlando villagers and their Instagram followers. The Easter Bunny took the fight to the man, much to the joy of the villagers watching.
Then an officer from the Orlando Police Department came along on bicycle and broke up the scuffle. No one was arrested, and the Easter Bunny hopped along to continue his evening as the villagers cheered his actions.
We’re joking about it here. In fact, the entire country is joking about it, as footage of that fight has made the rounds on national television.
But, we all have to recognize they’re not laughing with us, they’re laughing at us.
This is just another “Florida story”. If you take away the bunny costume, it’s another fight in downtown Orlando that reflects poorly on our nightlife scene. If someone had been seriously injured, would the narrative be the same?
We know law enforcement will take it seriously. They know that applauding an Easter Bunny brawl on Orange Avenue will also lead to cheering a Cupid knockout on Church street next Valentines Day, or watching a vigilante Santa Claus take the fight to someone at Lake Eola on Christmas eve.
Local leaders need to recognize this is not the image we want to send to the rest of the country.
“Look at Orlando! The Easter Bunny can’t even go downtown without getting in a fight!”
This also took place on a night when we were hosting the NBA playoffs. We’re trying to fill restaurants and clubs, not scare away revenue for businesses.
Listen, I understand. It’s amusing, but it’s a bad look for Orlando. Let’s do better.