It’s not navigating the corn maze at a Tennessee Halloween attraction that’s causing some angst, but a gruesome scene that has some guests offended.
“The issue is you have a Caucasian man with a young boy, not even an African American boy, but a young boy with black face. [It's] almost like minstrel times just hanging from a noose. It’s something that shouldn’t be tolerated,” Timothy Moore told WMCTV.
“I’ve had relatives that were lynched and my great grandmother was a slave. So, to see something that depicts slavery and not only slavery but the ugly side where lynches occurred, it was so insensitive to the African American community,” Moore continued.
But maze owner Chris Taylor, who has operated the Halloween attraction for the past 13 years, said it’s not supposed to represent slavery and the black paint is to help the actor blend in.
“It’s a medieval scene out in a corn maze. There’s a little bit of black makeup on his face. He sometimes wears a mask, but it’s more camouflage,” said Taylor told the local news station.
Taylor told WMCTV he hadn’t heard complaints until he was contacted by the reporter. He also noted that he doesn’t plan to change the attraction.
Watch WMCTV’s report: