Glenn Beck wants to ruin your Hersheypark experience
By D’ANNE WITKOWSKI
On May 20, Hersheypark announced that employees and visitors are welcome to use whatever restroom corresponds to their gender identity.
“The Park has and will always strive to accommodate all guests and employees— including members of the LGBT community— to ensure those visiting or working at Hersheypark are comfortable and feel secure,” the statements reads in part. “Guests and employees may continue to use the restrooms with which they gender-identify, or are welcome to use the many family restrooms available across the destination.”
In response to Hersheypark’s statement, Glenn Beck went nuts. Or nuttier, I guess.
“This is not normal,” Beck said on May 23. “The velocity of the way this is being jammed down everybody’s throat is not normal. This isn’t an outcry from the people. This is .3 percent of the population.”
While nobody really knows what percentage of the population is transgender, Beck seems to be saying that if a group is small enough then “the people” have no obligation to treat them with basic human decency or allow them basic rights like taking a leak at Hersheypark.
I’d also like to point out that Beck and people who think like him are the only ones trying to jam anything down anybody’s throat. The North Carolina law dictating where people can and can’t pee helped spark “the bathroom fight” by addressing a nonexistent problem. And Beck’s right. That’s not normal. Places like Hersheypark and Target are merely reacting to this insanity. They didn’t start this fight, but props to them for being unwilling to sit on the sidelines while douchebags with Jesus complexes try to bully an already vulnerable group of people.