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68 Year Old Man Kicked Out Of Planet Fitness For Wearing Pro-life T-shirt Despite Their Claim Of Being 100% Judgement Free

UPDATE: Planet Fitness released this statement to me a few minutes ago – “At Planet Fitness, we are committed to providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for everyone. The majority of Planet Fitness clubs, including this location in Orange City, FL, are owned and operated by individual franchisees. The dress code policy is enforced at the discretion of club staff and the local franchisee.”  McCall Gosselin, Director of Public Relations

 

I just got off the phone with Michael Amarosa, a 68 year-old man from Deltona, Florida who was recently kicked out of the local Planet Fitness for wearing a pro-life t-shirt to work out in.

Michael has been going to Planet Fitness for three years and about two weeks ago was approached by one of the staff as he was working out. The staff member informed him that his shirt was offensive to someone and asked if he would be willing to change into a shirt she had in her hand. Michael said no and asked what would happen if he did not change his shirt. He was asked to leave.

Now before I go on, lets look at the slogan for Planet Fitness: “Welcome to Planet Fitness. Home of the Judgement Free Zone®”. That’s right, Planet Fitness wants people to think they are a “judgement free zone” while casting judgement on Michael for a pro-life t-shirt.

Michael’s shirt read, “abortion kills a person” and he thought that if he wore a less abrasive shirt that maybe they would not cast judgement on him. He was wrong. Michael came back the next day wearing a shirt that read, “pray to end abortion” and he was approached again and asked to leave.

Michael told me how he was inspired by Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life who encourages people to be open with their pro-life beliefs. He wants to educate the public about abortion and thats why he wears his pro-life t-shirts. Michael is not yelling at people or trying to start debates in the gym, he simply works out and practices free speech with a t-shirt.

I encouraged Michael and thanked him for his courage and told him that Stand True will be sending him a bunch of free pro-life t-shirts from our store at prolifeworld.com and told him about what happened recently when TLC censored the Duggar’s pro-life t-shirt on the show, 19 Kids and Counting.

Anyone who knows me, knows I am just like Michael as I love to wear pro-life t-shirts everywhere I go. I have had the opportunity to witness to countless people because of them and I also wear them to the gym almost every day. We must be bold in our opposition to abortion and Michael has shown us courage with his stand. He is an inspiration to me and so many for his willingness to be a constant public witness for life and for the babies.

I am in the process of contacting pro-life lawyers for Michael to help him fight Planet Fitness and get his rights back. In the mean time I need you to help us fight for Michael.

Bryan Kemper

Especially in light of their statement we should all contact the local Planet Fitness.

Please contact Planet Fitness in Orange City Florida and express your disgust with how they treated Michael:

The Local Planet Fitness – Phone: 386.490.4416

Tweet: @planetfitness

McCall Gosselin
Director of Public Relations

Phone: 603-750-0001 x199
Email: mccall.gosselin@pfhq.com

 

Megan Lynch
Public Relations Manager

Phone: 603.750.0001 x225
Email: megan.lynch@pfhq.com

 

 

12 Comments

  1. Posted November 18, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Shame on you bigoted judgemental bigoted liars.

    • Mike Crognale
      Posted November 18, 2014 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      Who are you referring to as “bigoted judgemental bigoted liars”?

  2. Lee
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    The fact that someone was offended speaks truth: Abortion is offensive. As usual, the only way to get by without “offending” anyone is to pretend that there is no such thing as moral wrong. As for me, I’ll continue to suffer the persecution we all endure by being a voice for the defenseless. I cannot bear the thought of being silent about something so offensive to humankind.

  3. Cathy Kerns
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    I wonder what they would have done if the next day Mr. Amarosa had won a shirt that said “I am ProChoice!”

    • Henry
      Posted November 19, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

      From the tone of the article , probably they probably would have given him a free 1 yr. renewal. Ever notice how everyone who is pro abortion dodged that same bullet?

    • Sheila
      Posted December 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

      That’s what we thought too.

  4. TJ
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    Witnesses or a case of he said she said? If he were wearing this shirt to cast his vote in an election, (as a hypothetical situation) and was denied the right to vote because of his tee shirt, then you have a legitimate complaint, as a violation of Freedom of Speech. That said PF is NOT a government body and their owners/staff have the right to refuse service to anyone.

    • BluKat0325
      Posted November 21, 2014 at 6:39 am | Permalink

      Not if they have it listed in their contract with their clients that do not judge people. It’s also false advertisement.

      • Vanessa
        Posted March 7, 2015 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

        Is wearing a Pro Life shirt not judging those who are Pro Choice? That’s the problem. The shirt itself is a judgement. If a Pro-Lifer was offended by a Pro Choice shirt, the same thing would have happened. Politics and controversies are judgements of those who don’t share the same thought. You go to PF for physical fitness. It’s not a place to voice opinions on controversial topics.

  5. Rosemary
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    I always liked Planet Fitness. Too bad they don’t like us pro-life people. (…and, they mispelled “judgment”, too.)

  6. B Hessling
    Posted December 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    He wore the truth and his opinion. Hard to hear isn’t it?

  7. Leah Siren
    Posted March 7, 2015 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps they were not judging him for his shirt, but encouraging him to show a lack of judgment. Indirectly he was judging and down putting any woman there who had had an abortion for personal or medical reasons. Now while you don’t believe in it, in a judgment free zone you need to be passive about your judgy beliefs.

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