Steve Lopez of the Los Angeles Timesdetails how Thomas caused Knotts Berry Farm to close its Halloween-themed amusement park, called FearVR: 5150. Curiously, Thomas expected to be offended by the theme park, yet went anyway. Now, if I find myself offended by an activity, I take action by not engaging in that activity. That is not possible for today’s social justice warriors. Avoiding offense is never an option. Banishing that activity, and preventing others from any possible enjoyment they derive from it, is the only acceptable result.
While Thomas did head over to the attraction, he never got in—the lines were too long. “Instead, he talked to people as they exited and asked them to describe FearVR. They told him they were strapped into seats as if being admitted to a hospital, and then were transported into a frightening scene of mayhem,” Lopez writes. Therefore any outrage and action taken as a result is the result of hearsay.
Yet Thomas went on to complain that the park “perpetuates stereotypes” about mentally ill people. But the use of a mental hospital for psychological fright purposes clearly derives from cinema. Mental asylums have long been a film setting, used so extensively they’ve become a trope in horror movies. Moreover, the attraction could hardly be described as an accurate portrayal of contemporary mental health facilities for other reasons.
Go read the rest, it is a valuable lesson in why we cannot appease grievance mongers who are really just bullies who want everyone else to bow to them