Amusement parks have safety regulations for good reasons, and it is not to advance a discriminatory agenda or to make people “disappear.” The safety rules protect the customers from injury and protect the park from liability. So when the Huffington Post highlighted this article on its front page, they presented Universal Studios with the Kobayashi Maru test: A no-win scenario where you lose no matter what you do.
If the workers ignored safety protocols and allowed this woman on the ride, they would be sued for an enormous amount of money if she got hurt. They would also get very bad publicity, and perhaps criminal liability. Even if nothing happened, the employees could lose their jobs for ignoring workplace safety rules – as well they should.
Here is the kicker: The podcaster’s friend had already told her that she had not been allowed on the ride. The response from the podcaster? She “bounded into the line” with her friends. What did she think was going to happen? Was this all a setup for publicity?
No one was trying to make the author disappear. No one is using “exclusion” as a “weapon.” No one is being singled out for “bullying.” She is allowed into any other area of the park that she can safely access. The reason the restraint is supposed to click three times is to make sure that people are safely secured in the ride.
People who are overweight should not be publicly humiliated or bullied. But reasonable safety precautions are not “discrimination” and they certainly are not equal to racism.