Disney has announced (via the Disney Parks Blog) that a joke from the 1960’s about pirates selling off women is “no longer funny” and is being removed from Pirates attractions across the world, starting with Paris this year, then in 2018 in California and Florida.
The scene in question has been around since the attraction opened in Disneyland in 1967. It depicts a group of women on an auction and a pirate yells “we wants the redhead!”
So, Disney is turning the scene from one where the woman is being auctioned off, to one where she’s a pirate herself. The concept art depicts the redhead as a pirate doing the looting and pillaging as well. This is a great move because Disney will also be able to sell merchandise featuring the new female pirate (in a ride that currently, features only women cooking, smiling, dead or being sold off).
Many people believe this scene is one of the most iconic scenes in all the park, and that 2017’s hyper-sensitivity is to blame once again. What do you think, OMG? Is Disney right to change the animatronics?