Activists call ‘Great Escape’ offensive, demand theme park change name
Published July 12th, 2015
The Great Escape (Google Earth)
LAKE GEORGE -- Calling it a repulsive salute to the murderers who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility, a coalition of enraged prison guard groupies is demanding The Great Escape amusement park change its name immediately.
"There is nothing great about escape!" lead activist Rhonda Twitter shouted into a bullhorn in heading a demonstration outside The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom on Route 9.
"This name is offensive, racist, sexist, homophobic, barbaric, politically incorrect, unfriendly to Native Americans, anti-children, anti-family, pro-gluten and very mean. Change it. Change it now!”
Twitter, 36, of Queensbury, a porky barfly who "digs correction officers," said with a wink that changing the name should be, "No Sweat" — intentionally riffing on the name of David Sweat, who along with inmate Richard Matt, escaped from the maximum-security prison in Dannemora in spectacular fashion in early June and spent 23 days on the lam.
A federal agent later blew Matt’s head off. Sweat, meanwhile, is recovering in an Albany hospital.
The Great Escape, known originally as Storytown USA when it opened in 1954 — changed to its present name in 1983.
Bob Juggs, a spokesman for The Great Escape, said the park has absolutely no plans to change its name.
"We support all law enforcement officers and are thankful for the job they’ve done, but the only thing we're concerned about here is fun," Juggs said.