California's Great America sued for gay slur on-ride photo

Posted Wednesday, August 10, 2011 1:21 PM | Contributed by Alexatucla

California's Great America has been sued on charges that include sexual harassment by two men who say a photograph of them was doctored in humiliating ways and then put on public display. The men declined to purchase an on-ride photos showing them holding hands. Later in the day, friends discovered the same photograph on display at a different ride's counter - but with a thought bubble added that contained the phase "Were (sic) Fags!"

Read more from The San Francisco Chronicle.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 4:01 PM
Jerry's avatar

Juggalotus said:

but with a thought bubble added that contained the phase "Were (sic) Fags!"

Can't believe no one spotted that yet.

My parent's told me it was just a phase... 20 years later I'm still phasing...

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 4:04 PM
Jeff's avatar

Blame Steve Jobs instead...

http://www.autocorrectfail.org/


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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 4:12 PM
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Grammar can be fun sometimes. At least they didn't use "Your Fags"

~Rob

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 4:14 PM
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Strangest part is that this happened in California, of all places. I mean, I'd be less than surprised if it happened in Ohio, but Cali's always had a reputation of being way more accepting.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 4:25 PM
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^Near San Francisco, no less. I guess it's the same phenomenon as here in chicago; we have lots of white people and lots of black people. But there is still a HUGE amount of racial tension and hatred. More of a mix doesn't equal more love, peace, tolerance and all that stuff.

Why do they want money out of this? I could understand wanting attention, but do they really want money?


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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 4:34 PM
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CoasterDemon said:

Why do they want money out of this? I could understand wanting attention, but do they really want money?

I have that problem with this too - people do things for different reasons. I don't agree with what happened - but Dolly err Dick isn't going to come out and apologize on this one. Maybe money is the only way to get them to say something.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 4:50 PM
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CoasterDemon said:
More of a mix doesn't equal more love, peace, tolerance and all that stuff.

It requires MIX-ING to get all the peace, love, and acceptance stuff. Just having different groups won't get you away from ignorance, but sharing time (and food and culture), THAT can result in some mutual understanding....

IMO ;)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 5:40 PM
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If they've really gone back and forth with the park for three years, it tells me something.

My guess is that the park offered apologies and probably free passes or something... told them that the employee in question would at a minimum be retrained about sexual harassment or at an extreme, be let go.

That the park has become unresponsive of late tells me that the people in question will not be satisfied no matter what the park does, so they want to make a big issue out of it.

As a business after a certain amount of trying to appease people, you have to just figure that there's nothing you can do and move on.


Hi

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 9:47 PM

Juggalotus said:

but with a thought bubble added that contained the phase "Were (sic) Fags!"

Can't believe no one spotted that yet.

No, but I am surprised nobody told Gonch to turn his shirt inside out after what he posted on this thread when it was in General Buzz.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 11:12 PM
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:)


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Thursday, August 11, 2011 8:55 AM

Jerry said:
I'll follow this one but in the mean time -

- this happened in 2008 - it is now 2011? I get called things all the time (yes the G word and the F word too!) - and it doesn't make it right, but you move on. Did these two not move on in 3 years?

Other questions which I have...

What is the statue of limitations in this case? And were these two in contact with Cedar Fair attempting to reach a settlement? Is this a money grab?


Yes I'm a bit bored at work today :-)

It seems quite a bit different than being called something, if you see your icture in different on ride photo booths... At the same time though, I doubt it actually happened, and even if it did theres no way to prove it either way, unless they took pictures with their cell phones.

On the same token though, I'm pretty sure that on tickets, maps, and more in an amusement park says they can use photos of guests, as they want. Not trying to defend the park whether this actually happened or not though.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:37 PM
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I'm pretty sure the tickets don't say anything about displaying your photos with homophobic slurs.


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Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:55 PM
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<faceplant />


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Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:32 PM
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And there are plenty of ways to prove it happened. I don't think the park is disputing that part of it.


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Thursday, August 11, 2011 2:38 PM
Jerry's avatar

Hun doe - It happened.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 3:46 PM
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It's often difficult to prove things where pictures are involved.


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Friday, August 12, 2011 8:09 PM
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This really is a big surprise. Doesn't Cedar Fair own Great America? This sounds like something they would not tolerate, as just giving the camera the finger sends photo booth ops into a headspin. And, I would assume an employee of the park was the culprit, and the park has nothing to do with it.

Then again, we don't know what took place that day. I would assume that the men must have had a run in with park management at one point. So, there may be more going on then meets the eye. Would not be the first time someone has had an argument with Cedar fair park employees.

My friend and I were almost kicked out of Michigan's Adventure by a security guard because we were not wearing our shirts while walking through the ride side of the park, as a lot of boys were walking shirtless, but he said nothing to them. Almost like they are looking for confrontation.
But, going out of the way to doctor this photo seems like a worker that had way too much time on his or her hands.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011 3:58 PM
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You don't know if that isn't exactly what transpired. There are too many gaps in the story to know.


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Sunday, August 14, 2011 4:20 PM
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Winston said:
Whether you agree with the lifestyle or not,

As a gay man, how is it a 'lifestyle' for me?

I'm probably not much different than you; however, since I am not a heterosexual, I do not have the right to marriage.

edit - Winston, I know you are 'rooting' for the glbt team, thanks. I sure don't mean what I said as a stab of any kind, just trying to bring a little awareness.

Last edited by CoasterDemon, Sunday, August 14, 2011 4:24 PM
Billy
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Sunday, August 14, 2011 6:38 PM
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What I got from it was trying to say is someone may disagree with people that are gay on a personal level. But when that disagreement is shown on a business level (ie as an employee of a park), it's not good for business.

But to be completely honest? It won't have any effect on someone's that gay from going to the park. You just have to look at Cracker Barrel. They've had the "gay boycott" going against them since the early 90's, and it doesn't seem to have hurt their business in the slightest.


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