Connecticut Shock Rocker Rob Zombie Hates Skaters and Loud Children
Nothing scares Woodbury’s own Rob Zombie. Well, that’s not true. He’s not fond of children and skate parks. That’s right. The guy who brought you House of 1,000 Corpses and Halloween has one fear- children on skateboards.
Think I’m kidding? While he’s not working on his latest project, Lords of Salem; a movie that he says is “demented” and “satanic”, he’s fighting his hometown of Woodbury here in Connecticut to get rid of a skate park near his house. The children of Woodbury petitioned and worked very hard to have a skate park created in Hollow Park of Woodbury. It passed the Zoning Commission last year and was constructed. Since then many children in town frequent the skate park and it has provided a fun, recreational, and safe place for them to play.
So where does Rob Zombie (aka Robert Bartleh Cummings) come into this situation? Well, apparently his home is located very close to this park and he isn’t happy with the noise the kids make.
I’m going to let that sink in for a minute.
Rob Zombie, the man who was on tour with Marilyn Manson and is currently still on the road has somehow found the time to complain to town officials about those pesky kids. He creates nightmares. He’s working on new music, movies, and weird haunted house projects, BUT his concern is the neighborhood kids skateboarding in a park near his mansion. Town officials in an e-mail (also by the way, they refer to him as “Mr. Zombie” which is clearly hilarious and the best thing I’ve ever read) confirm that there have been complaints about the skate park and allegedly he could possibly be seeking legal action against the town.
For the love of God, it’s a kid’s skate park not a Wal-mart.
The kids have seen the skate park hours dwindle over the last few months and many parents are now coming forward in outrage. Although the town says they will address neighborhood concerns, this seems a bit ridiculous. Especially when you see the size of the park. Rob Zombie lives on 18 acres. 18 acres. He chose the land directly next to a public park- If you love making movies about killing people but hate children on skateboards, why would you buy a house next to park? Was there not some land available next to a cemetery? I’m sure it would have been a lot more quiet there.
This is literally how big the skatepark is:
I reached out to Amanda Klimak who had originally started the online petition to have the skatepark installed. She was also was an advocate in raising funds for the area. Via Facebook, she responded:
“The parents and kids in our community worked hard to have the skate park built and it is my understanding that the town has taken appropriate steps to reduce the noise created by the park to a reasonable level. It is my understanding the the ramps have been modified, a noise reducing fabric has been added and the hours have been limited significantly, which should have sufficed.The Zombie’s purchased their home in Woodbury knowing that it was adjacent to a town park and should have known that there would be some noise associated with it. Considering Mr. Zombie has made a living from selling albums and movie tickets to teens and young adults, I would think that he, more than anyone, would be sympathetic to their need for activities. We are a small community with limited activities for our kids and the skate park has added a place for dozens of children and young adults to exercise and express themselves in a healthy way. I think it is sad that the Zombies can’t appreciate that.”
Note “new” hours:
Not to add fuel to the fire, but isn’t this the man who taught Jamie Foxx how to skateboard? Shouldn’t he have some kind of respect for the sport? Well, I guess this video certainly wasn’t filmed in his back yard.
Really Rob Zombie? This tiny skate park is causing you that much despair? Sure, Mr. Zombie may have killed off tons of people in his films, but now he’s just killing kids’ dreams. It’s a sad day. A sad, sad day.
photo credit: CTBOOM Staff