The Kongo Expedition ride is seen on the online map of Calypso Waterpark's website, July 18, 2019. (Calypsopark.com)
The Calypso Waterpark east of Ottawa has been criticized over “racist images” contained in their ride ‘Kongo Expedition.’
The ride is set up as a lazy river, with passengers passing through several decorations that local man Robin Brown has complained are racist.
“Racist images like people in the U.S. South have on their lawn,” Brown told CTV News Ottawa. “Like black face, but really big ones looking like Africans with wild bulging eyes.”
Brown said his major issue was part of the ride where users go under a giant cauldron which he says “is totally a reference to the 1950s movie where they show Africans as cannibals.”
“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Brown said.
Brown sent a letter of complaint to the park in early July, but has not received as response from Calypso yet.
CTV News Ottawa has reached out to the park multiple times, which has declined to comment.