Glenn Beck wants to ruin your Her­shey­park ex­pe­ri­ence

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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.

Glenn Beck

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