Six Flags roach promo now alleges child abuse as well as cruel to animals

Posted Friday, October 6, 2006 9:10 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Two local opponents to the cockroach promotion at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom say the publicity stunt targets poor children and is a form of child abuse, while an animal-rights group says it is cruel. The amusement park has received a "minimal number of complaints" about the promotion and has no intentions of canceling it, said Carolyn Gaeta McLean, spokeswoman for the park.

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Friday, October 6, 2006 9:13 AM
These people need first, a steady job, and second, another hobby that stops bothering everyone elsse.
Friday, October 6, 2006 9:57 AM
Looks like they have ten times the people wanting to participate than oppose the idea. I don't fall in either category.
Friday, October 6, 2006 10:24 AM
Why don't we just make Shapiro eat roaches for each 30K of his raise?
Friday, October 6, 2006 10:35 AM
^ Now that's what I'd like to see! :)
Friday, October 6, 2006 10:51 AM
I think we should be complaining about people that will do anything for a buck. Personally, I would not do it, or let my kids do it, but if YOU want to eat a cockroach, go ahead. I'm not going to stop you, but I probably won't be hanging out with you either you cockroach eater.

It's not like Six Flags is making people eat cockroaches for a steak or pizza. Theme parks are luxuries, not staples.

Skip: Respecting insects since 1970, even the ones I kill with my hand, a flyswatter, chemicals, or gasoline. NOT.*** This post was edited by Skipinator 10/6/2006 12:04:24 PM ***

Friday, October 6, 2006 10:52 AM
Child Abuse? Are promos event being shown on the Disney Channel? Nick or Cartoon TV? Gimme a break.
Friday, October 6, 2006 12:11 PM
Now they're REALLY reaching here. I think eating bugs is disgusting, but how in the heck is it targeted at poor children, who, get this, probably aren't going to be able to go to any theme park anyway? The small number of actual complaints tells me these groups are just looking for something to complain about. Hey, I see most childrens TV as child abuse, so why not protest that instead and leave a one-time-only, VOLUNTARY event alone?
Friday, October 6, 2006 12:41 PM
So waht are they saying about all the poor peopl around the world that have to eat bugs to stay alive?????????????????? Are they going to send them food every day so they don't have to eat bugs? Or are the concerend that the people that normally eat bugs will starve now because Six Flags took their dinner?

I personally wouldn't do it, but if I didn't have anything else in the world to eat, I probably would.

Friday, October 6, 2006 1:24 PM
I guess these people never heard of Fear Factor!
Friday, October 6, 2006 2:34 PM
How is it child abuse? No child is being told he's not allowed to enter the park unless he eats a cockroach. I love the quote from the PETA-nazi about children who learn to respect insects grow up to be compassionate adults. I have never seen any PETA member treating any person who doesn't agree with their agenda with anything but contempt and hatred.

I say dump a few thousand cockroaches in PETA's headquarters and see how they react. Throw in some termites too.
*** This post was edited by RatherGoodBear 10/6/2006 2:35:21 PM ***

Friday, October 6, 2006 3:53 PM
Just wait, the race-card will be next.

It's abuse, forcing those poor kids that can't afford q-bots/fast passes to eat roaches to advance to the front.

Friday, October 6, 2006 5:58 PM
Heck, these people are nuts. Claiming that eating cockroaches is child abuse. What a load of crap. I would love to unload a few truckloads of rats, cockroaches, vipers and see how fast they get the exterminators. Then videotape them as they come into the headquarters.

Like I said, in an earlier thread. Man didn't crawl his way up to the top of the foodchain to be a vegetarian. PETA is nothing more than nutcases which needs to be terminated with prejudice.

Friday, October 6, 2006 6:56 PM
1. I think the promotion is silly.

2. I think people who protest the promotion by associating something so utterly inane as voluntarily ingesting a cockroach in order to reduce wait times for amusement park rides to child abuse are ignorant defects of humankind.

3. I'm not judgmental.

Sunday, October 8, 2006 12:42 AM
The promotion is outlandish in nature and is purely designed to garner more press than a traditional contest or promotion. All the PETA complaint does is help Six Flags publicise the promotion.

I'd be willing to bet someone at Six Flags corporate covertly called PETA to complain, thus setting the wheels in motion for the additional publicity.

Sunday, October 8, 2006 10:34 AM
How does this discriminate against poor kids, hell the poor people can't even afford a car to drive to the park and pay the outrageous parking fee in the off chancea they might get a free pass to the park. As far as PETA goes, they need to go protest Kentucky fried chicken or something. Maybe get together with the enviormentalists and hug a tree.
Monday, October 9, 2006 3:19 AM
Make sure there are no cockroaches on that tree first;)
*** This post was edited by kyleds108 10/9/2006 3:20:21 AM ***

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