A woman said a Six Flags officer threatened and body shamed her over shorts that were deemed too short for the Oklahoma amusement park.
Bailey Breedlove — who documented her April 30 experience at the Oklahoma City park on TikTok and Facebook — said she has since been banned from Six Flags. In a statement issued Tuesday night, the theme park gave a different account of what happened.
Six Flags, which operates the Frontier City theme park in Oklahoma City, said it does not body shame and Breedlove’s removal from the park was not because of her attire, but rather her behavior toward police, Six Flags employees and other park guests.
Breedlove said she and her family were at Frontier City, for around two-and-a-half hours on April 30 before an officer approached her daughter for rolling down a hill on her skate shoes. The officer then began to yell at Breedlove for her shorts, she said.
“I committed no crime and proceeded to walk to my boyfriend as I am autistic and have a hard time talking to officers,” Breedlove wrote on Facebook. “She followed me yelling and calling for backup. Then your incompetent manager showed up and began body shaming me. I was told I needed to go buy new shorts which I am not obligated to purchase anything I don’t want to.”
The family was exiting the park when an officer asked for Breedlove’s ID, accusing her of criminal trespassing, video shows. Breedlove’s 11-year-old daughter appears to be crying while sitting beside her mom.
Breedlove said she has been banned from returning to any Six Flags parks for five years.
Six Flags’ dress code policy states it does “not allow clothing generally considered to be offensive.” The park does not specify what the preferred length for shorts is, but said denim shorts below the knee are not permitted.
In a statement to McClatchy News, Six Flags said it asks “that guests wear attire appropriate for our family-friendly environment and expect guests to behave in a family-friendly manner. Disruptive or offensive behavior or the use of profanity or abusive language or gestures will not be tolerated and may result in a guest being ejected from the park.”
Breedlove used offensive language during the incident at the park, which was not shown in the video, Six Flags said.
“The guest was initially stopped because her shorts exposed a significant portion of her buttocks. She was given multiple opportunities to change or cover up, but refused,” the theme park said in a statement. “Instead, she responded with profanity and offensive conduct, including further exposing her buttocks. The guest was ejected from the park after she refused to stop her unruly and offensive behavior, targeted at the police and other park guests. The video clip this guest has posted on the internet does not fully portray her behavior during this incident.”
In a separate TikTok video, Breedlove showed what shorts she was wearing during the incident.
“I have a 5-year ban now but will not be returning to any of your parks if this is how you treat woman and law-abiding citizens and visitors,” she wrote on Facebook. “You should be ashamed with yourselves.”
Breedlove’s video from Frontier City has been viewed more than 2.4 million times as of Tuesday night. She received an outpouring of support from people who say she was harassed or that she should have been approached at the gate rather than two hours into her stay.