MMA star Helen Peralta stages topless protest at weigh-in as she continues attack against Disney
MMA fighter Helen Peralta staged a topless protest at a weigh-in as she continued to attack Disney.
The Dominican had the words “F*** Disney” when hitting the scales before her Invicta FC bout against Poliana Botelho.
It remains unclear exactly why Peralta hit out at the media and entertainment conglomerate – although it is not the first time.
According to UFC star Zac Pauga, the flyweight pulled a similar stunt during her time on The Ultimate Fighter this year.
Pauga revealed that Peralta tried the same move at a weigh in, only for producers to ask her to re-enact her weigh-in with a shirt on.
That was because the series was aired on ESPN, owned by Disney since the 1990s.
Pauga tweeted: “I’ll give you the background!
“She did this for her fight on TUF 30 but the producers cut it and made her weigh in again after making weight just for the cameras.
“Funniest moment of the season and they cut it because ESPN is a Disney-owned company.”
The stunt comes in the same year Disney workers staged a walk out to protest the company’s lack of condemnation for Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
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The bill sought to prohibit any discussion of sexual orientation in schools for students in kindergarten and first, second and third grades.
Disney released a statement criticising that bill in response to the protests, which led to backlash from activists who were in favour of the bill.
It is not clear if Peralta’s protest is related, although her first attempt on TUF came a month after Disney employees staged their walk out.
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