Petitioners want Thorpe Park to shut down "asylum" attraction

Posted Tuesday, October 22, 2013 9:04 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Asylum maze has been part of Thorpe Park's annual Fright Nights for more than eight years. Campaigners claim having actors chasing people around an asylum stigmatizes mental illness.

Read more from The BBC.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:34 AM
LostKause's avatar

Where do I get some of that gay fairy dust? I know of at least three guys I would use it on.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:27 AM
rollergator's avatar

^It's in Batman's "utility belt." ;~)

Thursday, October 24, 2013 2:51 PM

I find the idea of someone at Universal thinking that Bill and Ted are relevant enough characters to headline a show in 2013 far more offensive than the content of the show.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 8:30 PM

As a person whose family has been riddled with multiple mental disorders, I still don't get riled up about the insane asylum thing, but I also think it is trite and overdone...and most people in mental health inpatient clinics aren't there because they went around trying to disembowel people. It just isn't scary. I guess that is subjective, but I'm definitely not feeling the butthurt from this. I think the Bill and Ted thing is actually so much worse, although to me, it is more of a "what the hell were they smoking when they wrote this??"

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:12 PM
LostKause's avatar

Has anyone seen season 2 of American Horror Story? Was that show offensive to anyone? I can understand if people are sensitive to this, but I don't understand the difference between an Asylum-themed haunt and a TV series or horror movie that has practically some of the same plot and setting. Is there a difference?

And as a gay man, I normally don't find the gay stereotype character to be offensive. It's all about the tone of how the other characters interact with the gay characters that determine if I will be offended or not. There is a fine line.

There is an awesome comedy on ABC on Wednesday nights called Modern Family. Two male characters are planning their wedding currently. The two guys act pretty stereotypically gay sometimes. It's done in a very non-offensive way. It's all about tone.

That show is hilarious, by the way.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:07 PM

I think AHS is so over the top that no one can take it seriously. Also, in its own sick and twisted way, it brought to light some of the injustices that mentally disturbed and mentally challenged people have endured. I'm loving the third season, BTW.

I've only caught bits and pieces of Modern Family, and it does seem as though every now and then it does get a little stereotypical.

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:14 PM
kpjb's avatar

I don't think that anyone was taking the Bill & Ted show seriously either, but that didn't seem to cut them any slack.


Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:59 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

We've become the United States of Butthurt.

(and no, that's not a Bill & Ted joke)

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Friday, October 25, 2013 12:00 AM
Friday, October 25, 2013 12:09 AM
Vater's avatar

And it's apparently rubbing off on the UK.

Friday, October 25, 2013 12:16 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Yes. I should have said a World of Butthurt.

Totally lost sight that the original article was a story from the UK with the conversation that ensued.

Friday, October 25, 2013 12:59 AM
Vater's avatar

I don't see how. Every conversation I've ever had about mental disorders ends with gay Superman. It's the natural order of things.

Friday, October 25, 2013 1:20 AM
sws's avatar

I guess that makes it a Super Butthurt.


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