Knott's Berry Farm closes Halloween attraction after mental health advocates complain about content

Posted Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:44 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Knott’s Berry Farm and its parent company, Cedar Fair, announced Tuesday that they are shutting down the Halloween attraction Fear VR after the feature caused concern among mental health advocates. Mental health advocates nationwide emailed Knott’s and Cedar Fair administrators expressing their concern over the last week, that the portrayal of a possessed girl in a hospital as part of a virtual-reality horror show stigmatizes and denigrates individuals with mental illnesses.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:03 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Ugh. Slippery slope.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2016/09/27/it-mak...ecoration/


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Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:28 PM
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Someone on some radio show at some point in time made the interesting point that we're okay with "murder mystery night" or Clue style board games but we're super not okay with "rape mystery night" or "Rape Detective" board game.


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Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:28 PM
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The story revolves around a demonic possession that occurs in a hospital (not sure if it was mental or otherwise). In any case, it would seem that certain organizations *are* being too sensitive about this.

It's not some crazy guy running around killing everyone in this haunt, it's a possessed guy. Cedar Fair thought they could "get away" with this without offending the hypersensitive, but apparently not, unfortunately. SJWs win again.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:44 PM
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If the attraction isn't what the complainers said it was, then sure, no harm no foul.


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Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:49 PM
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Even if it was, nobody is forcing anyone to go. I'm standing in line right now at Knott's Scary Farm with a skeleton key waiting for it to start. I'd love to have done it.

Researching the trip I was looking at a few other things in the same vein of attraction. One said if you're offended by racist language, scenes of rape, etc, then it's not for you. That doesn't scare me and I would find it offensive to be provacative just for the sake of provocation. I think it's lame. But I didn't show up to that attraction and demand it be shut down.

I was offended at haunts themed to inbreed West Virginians and the movie it was based on I didn't call for its closure, I just didn't partake.

I'm more offended by a few people demanding things they don't like be shut down than I am the subject matter of the attraction.

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Friday, September 30, 2016 2:06 AM

A counter petition has been created to reopen the attraction. In the comments there are mental health professionals echoing what OhioStater said above, as well as people that claim to be dealing with mental illness that think this is ridiculous. The key point seems to be that none of the people pushing for the closure had ever actually experienced it before deciding it contributed to mental health stigmas.

https://www.change.org/p/matt-ouimet-jon-storbeck-bring-fearvr-back...at-america

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Friday, September 30, 2016 10:48 AM
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Having now done my first Scary Farm, the people offended must not have ever went to the event. I've never been to a park's haunt that used foul language and dismemberment of children, and such graphic depictions of gore and horror before. I knew KSF was well known for being a more adult oriented event, and it was.

I'd have thought the employees regular use of four letter words in queues, mazes, and the Hanging would have been more offensive. I can only imagine the complainers haven't been to KSF.


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Friday, September 30, 2016 12:00 PM
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Tekwardo said:

Even if it was, nobody is forcing anyone to go...

I'm more offended by a few people demanding things they don't like be shut down than I am the subject matter of the attraction.

Wait, so are you saying that everything is fair game in the name of fun? No subjects are off limits?


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Friday, September 30, 2016 12:12 PM
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OhioStater said:

In my practice, I encourage people to learn how to laugh at their circumstances.

Thank you! As serious as being a recovering addict is, most of the recovering addicts I meet tell some of the funniest stories about addiction. Sure, it's not the same as a bunch of non-addicts making fun of addicts. But if there is some actual insight there, funny is funny regardless. And we all need to laugh at ourselves more.


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Saturday, October 1, 2016 12:43 AM
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ApolloAndy said:

Wait, so are you saying that everything is fair game in the name of fun? No subjects are off limits?

As long as someone's rights aren't being taken away and it's behind a pay wall, absolutely (or at least happening in a way I can choose. It to see or participate). The paywall keeps me out. So should it others that don't want to hear or see it.


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