Published: September 24, 2009 at 4:04 PM
I guess my point is that a lot of scenes at Halloween haunted houses/mazes, depict the death of a person just as much or worse as the McNair scene did. The difference is that McNair is a celebrity and the public knows that particular story...whereas they don't know or don't consider the 4 person car crash that mutilated 4 anonymous people, or the fact that someone they don't know was stabbed to death, yet they say nothing about that particular scene. Celebrity skeletons may or may not be in bad taste depending on the person, but they aren't any worse than a lot of the stuff that the public seems to enjoy in some way at these events.
I guess that my opinion is this. The McNair skeleton is campy, and questionable at worst, but it's Halloween...the time of year where human beings celebrate a day with buckets of blood, chainsaws, zombies and dead bodies. They put heads on a platter, coffins on their porch, and run around with toy knives, axes, and the like. This wasn't a graphic recreation, and other celebrities had their own skeletons. I'm sure that the McNair family wouldn't like the scene, but I'm also sure that the family of a non-celebrity woman who was stabbed to death, or family of an anonymous person that hanged himself wouldn't like a different scene that was on display. It shouldn't make it any different or more special because the guy was famous. If the male skeleton was wearing a black t shirt instead of a McNair jersey with the dead female draped over him, nobody would have said a word. So to me, it doesn't seem that the uproar is about someone dying. It seems to be that the person was famous, which to me isn't a valid reason to be offended. There are far more disturbing images to me used in horror movies and halloween displays than that one.
Now...Disney using cheez whiz...that's offensive, and quite frankly disgusting. How many more of these little stories are going to come out?