Lloyd Jones had his world come to a crashing halt after his 4-year-old son passed away from a rare genetic disease. Before the young boy passed, the family took a trip to Disney so he could meet his favorite superhero — Spider-Man. After he passed, the family asked permission from Disney to do a Spider-Man tombstone. Their request was denied.
Ollie Jones passed away in his small London town of Kent after he lost his battle with leukodystrophy, a disease that attacks the brain, spinal cord and perirhinal nerves, The New York Post reported.
Once Ollie passed away, Lloyd went to the city council to ask for permission to create a design of Spider-Man on his son’s tombstone. He was told he’d need to ask the massive Disney conglomerate for permission.
Lloyd’s brother, Jason, also sent an email to Disney and explained that his nephew had been a huge fan of Spider-Man, and they wanted to have Spiderman on his tombstone. To the surprise of the family, Disney denied the request citing they wanted to preserve the “innocence” and “magic” of the brand.
Lloyd was left puzzled by their decision. “I really wasn’t expecting this – it’s another massive blow,” he told Metro. “I felt sure they would allow it.” Disney also stated in the response that they wanted to “disassociate their characters with death.”
Lloyd further explained his rationale in a Facebook post where he added: “That makes no sense to me – characters die in their films all the time. I think this is all about money.” This decision was undoubtedly another blow during such a sensitive time.
A Disney representative spoke about the decision.“We follow a policy that began with Walt Disney himself that does not permit the use of characters on headstones, cemetery or other memorial markers or funeral urns,” the rep said.
“Although we cannot grant the family’s request, we would be pleased to commemorate your nephew with a hand-inked, hand-painted, personalized [action frame from the movie] that recognizes his love for Spider-Man, which will read: ‘For your — (nephew’s name).”
The last line of the statement surely added insult to injury. “Thank you for letting us share in the magic of your life. Your friends at the Walt Disney Company.”