Kings Island/Cheez Whiz Open Thread
Well, that was a long day of posting.
We'll do the open thread thing again tonight/this morning. Please post in the comments if anything newsworthy happens while your lazy west-coast editor actually spends some time with his family, then tries to sleep.
Will Blackstone buy Busch's theme parks on Thursday? Will a certain Orlando restaurant critic discover that Disney has replaced the cheese in its Cheddar Cheese Soup with Cheez Whiz? What other crazy rumor do you think you can get a Central Florida TV station to believe?
And, if nothing newsworthy happens before I return and you have nothing else to discuss, you can always talk about this.
Kings Island fans, perhaps you have some 'splain' to do.
Whoops. Well, obviously the people didn't respond well to that little image. People are ok with walking through a maze of very realistic hanging dead bodies, but not this. This does bring up a thought about Halloween events and our culture. Here's some food for thought. Those who go to Halloween events see all kinds of morbid scenes. The parks become filled with (sometimes graphic) references to death. Look around you at a Halloween event or a haunted house, and you will see that bad taste an incorrectness is a very very blurred line during Halloween.
Is the announcement that Universal got the rights to Barbie their reaction to the Disney/Marvel deal? Can they compete with the Disney Princesses? Are they going to paint the Hulk coaster pink and rename it "Barbie goes to the mall"?
"Celebrity corpses" are NEVER a good idea for a theme park. The fantasy of a horror remains compelling as entertainment for some so long as it remains fantasy. References to real events and real people, particularly ones beloved by many, are certain to offend. Trash as many Chucky dolls as you'd like, but leave the real people out of these events.
You should lead with the KI story. Here is a link that leads to pictures. I think its pretty bad taste!
Kings Island has pulled the display out of their lineup.
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.
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