Having spent a few days with Jared Polin (AKA FroKnowsPhoto) I have not seen him wear anything but a variety of ‘I shoot RAW’ T shirts. I am not sure he actually has any other shirts in the closet. Being a well coined photography term, Jared went to a New Jersey Six Flags wearing this shirt and was detained at the gates by security for wearing the I Shoot Raw shirt (after getting a ticket), and was asked to replace the shirt with another one.
Jared told the security that he is going to film the discussion and tried asking the security guards why he can not wear the shirt. To this he was replied with a series of recursive answers, ranging from ‘it is a family friendly park’, ‘it is up to management discretion’, ‘Several guards pointed up your shirt’ but they could not explain why the shirt was deemed inappropriate.
In the end, Jared had to go in the park and get a different shirt to be allowed in (see lead photo for his selection).
Here is how Jared describes the episode:
I was honestly taken back with being told that I could not come into the park with my shirt. I have been wearing them for four years and have traveled the world with not one issue. When I asked what was inappropriate they would not tell me, so I chose to take out my phone to film me asking the question. I included the entire interview un-edited. I did not want to cut anything from it so you could hear and see the exact conversation.
I was not happy that they would not tell me what about my shirt was inappropriate. I fully understand my shirt has double meaning but to not get an explanation is pretty infuriating. The one thing my brother was told was that my shirt could have double meaning. That may be true but you should SEE the shirts they sell in their stores that are even worse than mine. I have the images posted on the website.
Actually Jared was not even upset about not going into the park, and is not dissing six flags in any way, his rant has more to do with the fact that the park is somewhat hypocritical and sells a bunch of shirts just as double meaningful as I Shoot Raw!
To make it a complete #fail story, the response from the park’s social media team has been nothing more than a cut and paste answer.
Hey @SixFlags I did film the encounter if u would like to see. It was upsetting not to get an explanation as to what was inappropriate.More)
— Jared Polin (@froknowsphoto) May 30, 2014
If you feel like supporting Jared, you can get the I Shoot Raw shirt here.