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Too Soon for my heart to go on?

If you’ve listened to our last podcast, season 3 episode 20 “Too Soon?”, you probably heard us discussing this roadside museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. A museum that I can’t help but feel is maaaaaaaaybe a tad awkward:

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But as Lt Commander Geordi La Forge always says, you don’t have to take MY word for it.

Let’s just move over to the starboard side of this majestic recreation…

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Holy crap!!  Isn’t that the iceberg slamming into the hull of the ship!!

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Call me cynical, but this just feels wrong. On a lot of levels. Check out the podcast to get a further understanding of where I’m going here.

Or, just check out their official brochure:

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Is it just me?

Bye! Have a good trip! Hope you don’t die in an ironic twist of historical fate!!

I honestly don’t think I would find this as tasteless, and so lacking in tact, if they had not thought to include the wacky pun about the “tip of the iceberg.”  It just doesn’t feel … I don’t know … respectful?

And why is the chamber maid so unbelievably happy to invite us all into this monument of tragedy with open arms?

Maybe it is just me.

Still, the kids can reenact all the fun kids had 100 years ago doing this:

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But the one thing from the brochure that really, REALLY puzzles me is this: the promise that at Christmas you can meet the Titanic Fantasy Princess. Assuming you survive to Christmas:

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I can’t help but notice the kids are in “period” costumes … and therefore can’t help but wonder if their fantasy is to survive the hellish night of icy death awaiting them.

But enough of this philosophical pondering, let’s go back outside! and walk around to the back of the ship, maybe check out the engine room and the propellers … oh. Nevermind.

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I can’t help but appreciate the irony that the designers of the Tennessee Titanic didn’t even bother to build the back end of the ship. They just stopped … right about where the actual ship split in two!  I suppose that’s one way to be historically accurate. I also suppose that’s one way they don’t have to deal with all the poor passengers in steerage. Let’s just snip their bit right off, and focus on all the pretty things and rich people.

 

But still, I suppose the biggest mystery to me is where is the hind end of the Titanic? Where?

 

Oh wait … here it is:

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It’s 25 feet of awkward fun! Who will survive the Titanic Adventure slide?

And it can be yours!  Just go here

http://www.partyusa.com/titanic.htm

 

Or go here and rent it for $300 an hour.

http://www.fun-makers.com/titanic.html

 

Anyway, this is why I shudder to think what county fairs will offer up as safe ironic fun rides in say 95 years from now…

But maybe it’s just me.

 

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3 Responses to “Too Soon for my heart to go on?”

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  2. Monica says:

    The marketing tactic the museum is taking is definitely tasteless, and don’t even get me started on the slide! When they re-released the Titanic movie last year in honor of Titanic’s 100th anniversary, some media outlets interviewed a bunch of high school and undergrad students that were going to see it. Most of them thought it was just a movie and did not know that the main events in the film actually happened.

    There was a traveling Titanic exhibition that traveled around to different history museums back when I was on undergrad in St. Petersburg, FL. I went to see it and thought it was rather tastefully done, until I made the mistake of peaking in the gift store. You could buy life preservers that were stamped RMS Titanic! 1500 people died, many because there were not enough life boats and preservers, and yet for a few bucks you can now buy your own life preserver? They also had models of the ship (understandable) and models of the iceberg (uhh… what?).

    Remembering what happened and telling the stories of the passengers is fine. Exploiting the fact that 1500 people died to make money is not. The slide is really disturbing.

    • Ben says:

      Monica, maybe they were re-creating the actual gift shop from the actual Titanic? With everything that would have been available in 1912? I’m sure a boat that big had a gift shop … and maybe THAT was where passengers had to buy their life preservers? And you know the aristocracy — they won’t spend a few bucks on anything to save their their life!

      Why didn’t they simply make a museum about the Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic? THAT ship was a carbon copy of Titanic and it actually survived for decades. All of the wealthy and the poor people made it out alive on that boat! And yet nobody cares enough to tell THEIR stories!

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