Terroride inoffensive fun

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:11 PM

Editorial Board

Lagoon officials should not tamper with the amusement park’s Terroride and remove a portion of the ride that depicts two women mannequins that are bound. It’s an amusement park “spook alley,” for heaven’s sake, and basically a G-rated spooky attraction. It’s an homage to the horror movies of yesteryear; the “classics” that starred Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., and Vincent Price.

An Ogden therapist and Weber State University adjunct professor, Jeff Tesch, went to the media and called for Lagoon to modify the ride, saying that years ago a client of his said the ride “triggered feelings.” After he had a client who was raped, Tesch decided to speak publicly about his concerns.

Lagoon officials say they are willing to talk with Tesch, and that’s fine. But the ride should not be modified. As Dick Andrew, Lagoon vice president of marketing noted, there are far worse images on televison, movies and even in store windows more revealing than Lagoon’s Terroride. “It really is quite ironic that they are singling out this thing at Lagoon,” he added.

We’ve been on the Terroride, and we enjoy it. It’s basically a haunted house, similar — but not as grand — to what Disney offers in its theme parks. Unchanged for decades, the attraction is 90 seconds, provides a few chills, a scream or two, and leaves patrons with a smile.

There are legal amusements that may be threats to women if observed by criminals. These include so-called “torture porn” movies, such as the “Saw” or “Hostel” series. Public criticism of these types of entertainments is worthy of debate.

But the Terroride is fit for children. It is not offensive — period. What would be offensive is ifLagoon were to modify the ride due to Tesch’s complaint.

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