Multiple petitions have been started to urge Disney to allow the image of Spider-Man on the headstone of a 4-year-old boy’s grave.
Ollie Jones of Maidstone, Kent passed away in December 2018 from complications of leukodystrophy, a rare progressive genetic disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.
According to reports from the UK, the boy’s father, Lloyd Jones approached the Maidstone Council asking permission to display an image of Spider-Man on his son’s grave marker. He was told to seek permission from the image copyright holder – Disney. The company allegedly then denied the request, stating a policy to not allow their images “on headstones, cemetery, or other memorial markers or funeral urns.”
Though denying permission to use the image, a representative for Disney extended their condolences, reportedly writing, “If we played a small part in Ollie’s happiness we are honoured. Generations of fans have responded to our characters with the same wonder and delight that Ollie did.”
There are now three separate change.org petitions calling on Disney to allow the use of Spider-Man on Ollie’s monument. As of Wednesday, the combined number of signatures was over 10,000.
Disney has not yet responded to the petitions.