As of last night, the Auctioneer at #ThePurge (seen below), one of the more fun and spontaneous portions of the event is gone. This is now two years in a row that people with a thin skin and an agenda have managed to get things removed from the park.
This all began when a pair of 13 year-old girls who were at the event with no adult supervision felt they were singled out and called "Sluts and Whores" by the Auctioneer.
If you've seen the Purge movies you know that this is a part of the "show'. If you look at the video in this link you will see that they girls were in no way singled out, but referred to. They weren't called up on stage, they weren't ridiculed publicly.
As a parent, I have to admit that when I first heard the story I was very torn. I know I wouldn't be happy if somebody had called my daughter a slut in the way that it was first presented (that they were called up and singled out).
But as more details began to come out I became far less torn. A few thoughts on the matter.
Was Universal wrong here? Only in the sense that they let the Auctioneer become the scapegoat in this situation. The show has run for almost a month before this came to light. If it was about just getting an apology, why go to Gloria Allred, one of the most notorious media attorneys in Southern California?
In my opinion Universal does owe these girls an apology, for having parents that didn't do enough research to make sure the event was appropriate for their kids.
So what do you think Universal needs to do to insure this doesn't happen again? An age restriction? Toning down the event and making it more family oriented?
At the VERY least they need to make sure those under a certain age (16 or 17) aren't attending the event without adult supervision.