Sandcastle in Pittsburgh is thinking about changing the name of their wavepool, the Mon-Tsunami because it is now a sensative word. Dover Lake Park, about 20 miles south of Cleveland, already made its decision. Officials there changed the name of the "Tsunami Wave Pool" to "White Cap Wave Pool" on Monday.
Yes, and I hate it. It's just like how all the sports writers jumped on Kellen Winslow II (a football player) a while back for referring to himself as a "soldier" after a game. Nevermind that sports writers have been comparing football and war for ages, it's now suddenly inappropriate. Or like how in the months after 9/11/01, older movies were edited to avoid showing the towers. And when radio stations around here (DC) played the Notorious B.I.G. song "Juicy" they'd bleep out the line "Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade", even though the song was made in '93/,94 after the *first* bombing.
People just get all overly sensitive about things. I mean really has a Tsunami ever been a *good* thing? No, but if the name was okay before, why is it not okay now? As if no tsunami has ever caused devestation...
If the name was announced *after* the disaster, maybe there can be some concern, but a pre-existing name? Give me a freakin' break!
Exactly... a new name... possibly insensitive... a pre existing name... no.
IF we would want to change all pre-existing names of natural phenomena that have caused injuries and death over the years a brief RCDB search of existing coasters in the US finds the use of the following in some form or other:
People have been killed or injured in all of these types of events.
Those existing rides were named for general phenomena, not specific events... except in one case. Cypress Garden's Triple Hurricane coaster is reportedly named "in honor of" the three hurricanes that hit Florida ealier in 2004.
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I hate all this politically correct, over sensitive mindset some people are in. Tsunami is a word describing a natural phenomena, nothing more and nothing less. And, I think it is a good name for a water ride.
This Christmas season some idiots started saying Merry Christmaka, to try to cover both christian and jewish people. Stupid! Blech!
This is the worst tragedy that i know of in my lifetime. 150,000 lives were ended in one event.
Unless you are not aware of current events, the name tsumani brings images to your mind of the horrible ending to these peoples lives. This is not the kind of image an amusement park or water park want to create. This is not necessarily being done to be "politically correct". Most places don't want an attraction reminding people of mass loss of lives.
I agree with Pete. About the Christmas thing: I'm a Christian, if someone wishes me a Happy Hannaukah, I won't be upset. Likewise for other holidays. I think the phrase "politically incorrect" should be politically incorrect to use. ;) *** Edited 1/6/2005 8:46:26 PM UTC by MarimbaGuy87***
My favorite "over-sensitive" story is when a senator was forced to resign after using the word "niggardly."
The word means "stingy" and has NOTHING to do with the racial slur. It's based on the Norwegian word that means "stingy."
Ridiculous. Tsunamis have ALWAYS killed people. Why change the name now? What about twisters and tornados? They kill hundreds a year. What about grizzlies? What about beasts? What about mambas? All very dangerous.
I agree with super7. Water parks especially don't want their attractions associated with massive drownings. While it's technically true that tsunamis, by their nature, could always be associated with drowning, the recentness of the events and the sheer magnitude of the death toll could very understandably make the folks at a waterpark jump to change the name of an attraction that if left unchanged will be associated by their guests with um... people drowning.
I don't really think it's about anything political, or being sensitive, in this case.
I think it depends on how many mourners there are. After all, Mom always said "bring enough to share."
I doubt that these parks are being pressured into changing the names. They are doing so all by themselves, because they expect that changing the name will be a positive business decision. Whether that's so or not, I don't know.
Well Playa, with that logic, there should be a massive uprising against KBF for naming their ride after a bullet. How many people died last year alone from bullets? What, it's not as important because people get shot all the time but deadly tsunamis are much less frequent?
Sorry, call me a heartless-bastard if it makes y'all feel better, but this is going too far to "protect feelings".