Busch Gardens Williamsburg removes severed heads from Halloween theme in response to complaints

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Busch Gardens recently removed several severed-head props from a display at Howl-O-Scream, its annual Halloween celebration. Readers who saw the photo Saturday night, a few hours after reports of a third beheading by the Islamic State terror group, complained to the Gazette. The park, concerned about offending visitors, decided to remove the heads.

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LostKause's avatar

This situation is a lot like Universal getting rid of blood and gore in 2001.

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Wise move. I somewhat liken it to Kings Island displaying Steve McNair's murder for the Halloween event. This is a bit more generic, but not exactly timely with what's going on in the Middle East right now.

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Normally I'm against non related issues like this but this one is definitely a good call, at least until ISIS dies down.

And I agreed with taking the McNair one out. That was appealing to me that it even happened in the first place.

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I think you meant appalling, but lol at the slip. ;)

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Nope. I mean appealing. Gives the whole post new meaning, right? ;-)


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Maybe I am in the minority, but I don't feel they needed to remove these props. Halloween focuses on death and gore. I think the ISIS thing is barbaric but you can't always compare real life to props.

I get why they removed it, but I personally don't see a problem with it.

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Well, I for one have stopped watching "Archer."

Chitown, I agree with you. Every year, someone gets upset about SOMETHING haunt-related. I think a year or two ago it was people wanting "insane asylum" style haunts stopped because they trivialize and/or stigmatize mental health issues. I'm sure no matter what the haunt prop or style is, someone's going to take offense to it. In the grand scheme of things, it is nice of them to take down the heads out of respect, but I certainly don't think they needed to do it.

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This is the same park that used to sell America's Most Wanted playing cards that listed off various names from the Middle East.

Double standard?

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Not so much a double standard, I think, rather pragmatic business choices.

If the playing cards you mention are the ones I'm thinking of, the U.S. was involved in military activity generally supported by American citizens. Those cards were a popular product. Why shouldn't the park have sold them? (Keep in mind I'm way out on the left and in no way supported what was going on. When I saw those card packs for sale -- I didn't buy them.)

Removing the severed heads, also pragmatic. Why give people a reason to think of a disturbing, upsetting series of events in the midst of a popular seasonal event?

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This is just personal, but I say the exact same thing about any haunt/horror flick/gore fest.

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