If you read our humble little blog here with any regularity, you might recall our special love affair with Kentucky’s Creation Museum, a multi-million dollar hotbed of insanity. So it was with happiness that we read this story about the Cincinnati Zoo deciding to team up with the Creation Museum for a ticketing promotion, only to have the Zoo scramble to get out of the deal after being pummeled for two days with negative press, a massive campaign against them online, and talk of multiple boycotts from different groups. Why? Well, usually science-based organizations and science-hating groups don’t mix so well:
“They seem like diametrically opposed institutions,” said Dr. James Leach, a Cincinnati radiologist who e-mailed zoo officials about his concerns. “The Cincinnati Zoo is one of this city’s treasures. The Creation Museum is an international laughingstock.”
And to show that maybe the Cincinnati Zoo marketing department needs a bit of an overhaul, here’s a bit we particularly enjoyed:
Zoo officials said they considered the promotion — dubbed “Two Great Attractions, One Great Deal” — a marketing deal no different than other cross-promotions they do with institutions like the Newport Aquarium or the Cincinnati Reds.
…”When we partner with the Reds, we don’t get these kinds of e-mails,” [zoo spokesman Chad Yelton] said. “It’s pretty clear this is more of a distraction.”
Oh, Chad, how sweetly innocent you are.