Mom not pleased with Playboy bunny logo poster as amusement prize

Posted Tuesday, June 2, 2009 9:41 AM | Contributed by Junior

Kristine Severn said her son, Trevor, won a Playboy bunny logo poster while playing a dart game last Friday on a field trip to Oaks Park, an amusement park in southeast Portland. When her son brought it home, she called Oaks Park and asked why an 11-year-old would be given the poster. Severn said she received the run-around and that Oaks Park told her that they do not run the games.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 9:49 AM

Yes, the kid was at a school trip and just wanted the bunny. I bet he had no peer pressure to get it or anything. It was just a "Members Only" poster to pet bunnies (get your mind out of the gutter.)

I've seen worse at local fairs, she took it away from her kid, that should be it. Don't look to the park to police your ethics on other people.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 9:53 AM

This lady needs to walk down the midway of any modern amusement park or boardwalk and realize this sort of stuff is everywhere. Walk down any city street and look through the windows, or maybe pick up a magazine or newspaper. Sex sells, and it is everywhere, complaining about one amusement park's prizes (that I've seen at almost every park I've been to with the games) does nothing. What about the posters with actual half naked women (or men) on them? They aren't pornagraphic or anything, they're just so 14 year olds have something "cool" hanging up in their bedroom.

Last edited by P18, Tuesday, June 2, 2009 9:55 AM
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 9:57 AM

I totally agree with The Mole. Come on this isnt an issue with the park, its an issue for home.

Greg

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 10:04 AM

Boobies are bad! Fear them! Only you can prevent your kid from ever seeing them!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 10:11 AM

Maybe he can trade it for one of "The South Shall Rise Again" Confederate flag posters that I see on the carnival midways around here.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 10:12 AM

This kind of thing makes me crazy. "I wanted it for the bunny." In other words, I'm a victim who was lured into suggestive material by my love of bunnies...blah, blah, blah.

One of two things is true:

1) Either the kid had no idea what the poster was about and the mother actually introduced the concept to him with her freak out. OR

2) The kid knew what the poster was about already and intentionally chose it as his prize which is his choice and something the mother needs to address with him.

It wasn't a suggestive poster in and of itself, so I'm not seeing the issue.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 10:35 AM

People get offended WAY too easily nowadays.

Let it go Mom.... If you don't want him to keep the poster, that's your decision, but leave the park out of it.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:14 AM

I had a much more long-winded response all typed out, but I'll self-edit and say... Just put me in the "Get a life, Lady," camp.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:24 AM

2) The kid knew what the poster was about already and intentionally chose it as his prize which is his choice and something the mother needs to address with him.

As the parent of an eight-year-old boy who plays with other boys in the neighborhood as old as 13, I'm pretty much going to guarantee that this is the case. That said, given the "Lake Woebegon Effect" (all our children are above average) it does not surprise me that Mom is in denial on this point.

Last edited by Brian Noble, Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:25 AM
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:25 AM

These type of posters and game prizes have been around for Years.

Growing up at my local carnival in the late 70's and early 80's, I would play the "pop the balloon" game and they awarded you with the little square mirrors which had silk screened images on them... you got to chose which one you wanted, and I usually opted for the car or rock band ones, but there were Playboy ones.

On a related note, you would think that playboy would have used a "Cat" rather than a Bunny!

Last edited by john peck, Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:25 AM
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:25 AM

Bunny tails look a lot cuter than cat tails. They also are less likely to knock over your drink.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:32 AM

Reminds me of this kind of parenting for some reason.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:42 AM

That's a man who does not know the Chris Rock Rule....

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 12:28 PM

My God, If you walk thru KI it has some of the old planters ect with male genitalia,

Most square fountaintains ect have this among other things. Its art. Far less obsene than half the stuff and phrases I see kids wearing these days, some so revieling they might as well be nude.

Truelly I believe being overprotective only hurts kids instead of letting them see and ask questions. Everybody is so now. OMG! HOW IN THE WORLD????? NOT MY CHILD!

I got a 1970s Playboy Pinball for my 12th birthday, Featured A Few Seductive Bunnies and Heff smoking a cigar. Whoop'd freekin doo!

DRAMA, JUST SHOOT EM :)

Last edited by Charles Nungester, Tuesday, June 2, 2009 12:33 PM
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 2:25 PM

I agree with what everyone said. If the lady didn't like it she should of just taken it from her kid instead of calling the park. Obviously she hasn't been out much. People get so "offended" over anything anymore. It doesn't take much.

Like everyone else, I have seen MUCH worse, and not just at amusement parks, boardwalks, and fairs. I guess she's never taken her kid to the local mall before.

-Tina

Last edited by coasterqueenTRN, Tuesday, June 2, 2009 2:34 PM
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 2:46 PM

I feel sorry for little Trevor- who now will probably grow up to be a total wack-o perv instead of a healthy human being. Get him away from her!

People are stupid.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 2:55 PM

^I thought the same as well. All Trevor knew is it was a cool poster about bunnies. It was his mom that made it "dirty." Now he will think he did something wrong and be terrified of actual bunnies the rest of his life.

"No, man! Don't pet that rabbit! It symbolizes sex! You will get into trouble!" ;)

-Tina

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 3:53 PM

While I understand the popular point of view here, let me say that we all can understand how difficult it is to raise kids these days. My opinion is that parents have a right to try to regulate how old is old enough for sex to be introduced to their own children.

If I had an 11-year-old I probably wouldn't mind him recieving a PG-rated Playboy prize, because kids these days grow up too fast anyways. I have a nephew who got to go to Hooters, which is his favorite place to eat, for his fifth birthday party. I won't ridicule the parent in this news story though.

This topic reminds me of a funny (or disturbing) story. Last October I saw a family shopping at Spenser's at the local mall. The dad pointed at an erection costume and asked his son, who looked to be about 10 or so, if he wanted to be a "hard on" for Halloween. I was shocked. The boy laughed and said something I can not repeat here. (I've already said too much. lol) Who am I to say that the dad was wrong? I'm not. Perhaps that was his way of educating the kid about the birds and the bees...lol

Point is, all parents are different in what they think is appropriate for their child.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 4:03 PM

Lost Kause:
My opinion is that parents have a right to try to regulate how old is old enough for sex to be introduced to their own children.

Of course they do. What they don't have the right to do, though, is regulate where non-explicit material is displayed or distributed. There wasn't anything sexual about the poster. She even explains it was what the poster represented that was the problem. The kid explains that in his eyes it didn't represent anything but a bunny.

So who really introduced what in this scenario?

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