Halloween: What’s wrong with evoking the “scarey mental patient” stereotype?

This is an articulate and well-argued presentation of the current (19/10/13) situation regarding Thorpe Park’s ‘Asylum’ experience which is testing the civility of many of us in responding to comments largely, we hope, based in ignorance. Sadly, there are other businesses prepared to offer the same sort of hideous material; the rape fantasy experience – exactly, me too – you’ll see in the post. There’s also Farmageddon which offers both ‘insanity’ and ‘psychosis’ experiences, and at Dinosaur Park, there is an ‘Insanitorium’. Twitter is using #AsylumNO to make its point.

 

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Halloween (2) SEP 2013

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Update: Scroll down for new additions (flagged with the handy yellow update picture), including links to numerous other people’s posts, a defence by a theme park enthusiast & an overview by a theme park industry website

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On Thursday, it came to the attention of the lovely twitter people that one of Britain’s major theme parks, Thorpe Park, had a “scary mental patient” experience as part of its Halloween offering. It was called Asylum. Just as when, a few weeks ago, Asda, Tesco and Amazon marketed their “mental patient fancy dress costumes”, the mental health twittersphere exploded in protest.

Why? Take a look at this video to see the stereotypical “scary mental patient” scare story played out. “Watch your back as you weave your way through The Asylum, a maze of dead ends and hidden corners.” Who are you to watch out for? The Thorpe Park…

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