Well folks, a little bit of your cherished childhood is being swept away by political correctness. Not even Disneyland (the happiest place on Earth) can escape the relentless march of social justice.The beloved “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride will close for refurbishment in 2018, and when it re-opens, one scene will be replaced to reflect more “family friendly” imagery.
The 16-minute ride has been a park favorite since 1967 but now must adjust for “modern sensibilities.” Small bit of trivia: The original version at Disneyland was the last attraction whose construction was overseen by Walt Disney himself. Sadly, he died three months before the ride opened.The scene in question depicts women being auctioned off as brides. The women are bound together by a rope underneath a sign that says ““Auction: Take a wench for a bride.” The barbaric practice was commonplace during the “Golden Age of Piracy.” But these days, history is so passé.
Here’s a video of the ride as it stands now (below). The “offensive” scene is at about the eight minute mark. You’ll also see a depiction of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow near the end.
Per the Daily Caller, Disneyland plans to replace the scene, with one of townsfolk being forced to surrender their possessions to invading pirates before a sign that reads “Auction: Surrender yer loot.” The red-haired bride from the original auction remains, not as a prize, but as a pirate. It’s a scene that only makes sense in today’s politically correct climate.
A few years ago, another scene was modified where pirates were chasing women. The women were given trays of food to carry, so the pirates would appear to be chasing food, not – ahem – booty.
Interestingly, none of the scenes depicting pirates drunk out of their minds have been altered – and there are a lot of intoxicated pirates in this ride. But apparently, public intoxication, substance abuse and alcoholism aren’t things we should avoid showing children as “normative.”
Oh, how the times have changed.[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]