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Disney Just Made A Major Change To The 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' Ride In Favor Of Female Empowerment

Disney Just Made A Major Change To The 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' Ride In Favor Of Female Empowerment
Updated 2 months ago

Walt Disney World is known for its constant change and expansion. This week a change to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride has people all fired up over a redhead named Redd. The theme park decided to tweak one of the story lines in its iconic ride. Instead of weeping women waiting to be auctioned off a sex-slaves, or "wives" as the ride called them, the auction now shows people selling actual items, instead of other people.

And that favorite redhead? Well, it seems she's switched sides and is no longer a victim but a pirate! Three cheers for equality! Well, one would hope, but sadly no. Many people are angry that Disney changed the ride. There wasn't any outrage when the ride was altered to feature a figure resembling Jack Sparrow à la Johnny Depp's portrayal, but take out the sex trade scene and here come the nostalgic crocodile tears!

Here's what the old scene looked like:

Notice how the women are weeping as they are tied together? It seems people are really going to miss this.

Here's how the scene looks now:

See, the people are still sad because the pirates have come and are burning down the town, but real human children riding by on floating boats don't have to see women being sold off like animals while the speakers blast, "Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me..." over their heads.

Twitter was not having it. Their rape and slave trade scene is nostalgic and dammit they want it back!

Um Jeff, it never actually did happen. It's a Disney ride, not a museum. 

No, Kathryn, history teachers won't have to alter history books because they don't teach Disney rides. 

As for the character of Redd, she went from victim to profiteer. According to Disney imagineer Kathy Mangum:

The pirate auctioneer now oversees a sale of the townspeople’s most prized possessions and goods. In this scene, the familiar redhead figure has switched sides to become a pirate named Redd, who’s just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it. 

Awww... she looks so much happier now that she isn't about to be sold. Thankfully not everyone was angry about Redd's promotion. 

There were a few people out there who got it:

Actress Patricia Arquette is right — the change won't hurt the ride: