Amusement Park Refuses to Change Names for 'Crazy' Attractions
Despite a barrage of protests and name-calling from mental health advocates, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio is refusing to change the names of two of its attractions.
According to the Sandusky Register, last Thursday the National Alliance on Mental Illness asked the amusement park to change the name of two of its attractions that center around fictional mental health patients.
Part of Cedar Point's "HalloWeekends," the attractions under scrutiny are a haunted house called "Dr. D. Mented's Asylum for the Criminally Insane" and a show titled "The Edge of Madness: Still Crazy." According to the Sandusky Register, the Alliance said the attractions reinforce stigmas about mental health patients and promote the false stereotype that patients should be feared.
Robin Innes, spokesman for Cedar Point, claims differently. "The attractions at HalloWeekends are not the real world and our guests know that," Innes told the Sandusky Register. "Our attractions are not designed to depict reality."
In a previous letter to Cedar Point administrators, the Alliance stated: "Would Cedar Point ever even consider developing a display or attraction that used cancer patients as a means of instilling fear in their guests? We think not. And why is this? Because cancer is a serious disease.
"We would never want to paint individuals with this terrible disease in an unfavorable light," the letter says in part. "Why then do you feel that it is acceptable to paint individuals suffering from biological brain disorders in an unfavorable light?"
After the amusement park said they would not change the names of the attractions, the Alliance called Cedar Point a "callous organization." The Alliance promises to continue pushing their request.
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