When the "Partners" statue was first announced, I was especially disturbed because the maquette had Mickey not only holding Mr. Disney's hand. The mouse was also holding an ice cream cone. Thankfully, that version was never created. However, the statue still shows the two figures holding hands.
Mickey is a happy little bachelor. He should not be depicted holding hands with a married man.
I have other problems with the monument, and its placement in Central Plaza, but the hand-holding is the one aspect of the sculpture that most bothers me.
EDIT: Since so many people seem to be having trouble understanding my meaning, I'll clarify. Mickey is a happy little bachelor. Therefore, he is an adult. Holding hands with another adult male makes Mickey look like a child since, according to American norms, two adult males do not generally hold hands unless they are sexually intimate. Obviously, the sculptor is not depicting the man and the mouse that way. For that reason, the statue of Mickey as a child is not faithful to the character as he was created by Walt Disney.