A new US park has been criticised for creating an interactive attraction that focuses on the death of Princess Diana.
Visitors to the theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, can see the work of American tabloid magazine the National Enquirer, with exhibits dedicated to some of its most prolific stories.
‘Attractions’ include recapping events around the assassination of former US president John F Kennedy, the OJ Simpson murder case, and the coverage of Michael Jackson’s life.
One exhibit has a mock up of Jackson in an ‘oxygen chamber’, complete with an animatronic singer that will turn to look at the visitor then go back to sleep.
But the exhibit getting the most attention has been an interactive attraction replaying the 1997 car crash in Paris that killed Princess Diana.
In an interview with the Daily Beast, attraction manager Robin Turner said the three-dimensional recreation of the deadly crash was “not in poor taste”.
She said: “it shows the pathway as [Diana] left the Ritz hotel, and the paparazzi chasing her, and the bang-flash that we think blinded the driver – and how it happened.”
While museum-goers won’t be subjected to viewing any gore, they will later be asked to answer how they believe the princess died, and to take into account any conspiracy theories that could point to who or what is to blame.
While the Royal family have no commented on the attraction, reaction on social media has been widely negative.
Paris-based journalist Christopher Dickey, who covered the 1997 crash, tweeted that “turning fake news into a tourist attraction” was “vile”.
In a direct contradiction to Ms Turner’s earlier comments, one LA-based user said on Twitter that the attraction was “tasteless”, while others branded the idea as “sick”.
However, park spokesperson Rick Laney has maintained that the new attractions are within the public interest.
“Whether you love the National Enquirer or despise the National Enquirer, it outsold Campbell’s soup,” he told NBC News.
“People are interested in the stories they cover.”
Sky News has contacted the park, which opened on Friday, for comment.
Source: SKY NEWS