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!
Always wanting to be politically correct, in a far from politically correct world!— Gator Borden (@gator_borden) March 21, 2018
Um Jeff, it never actually did happen. It's a Disney ride, not a museum.
I guess history teachers are gonna start altering history books to be less offensive and more appropriate....— Kathryn Black (@LittleKatsumi) March 21, 2018
No, Kathryn, history teachers won't have to alter history books because they don't teach Disney rides.
Did you guys know that Disney is actually a history museum and that the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are basically documentaries?— Dan Litz (@DanLitz) March 21, 2018
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:
Like if disney wants strong female characters then let them have strong female characters. Maybe they don't want little kids to think women are property.— Veto (@Veto_Shark) March 21, 2018
"But it's not historically accurate waaah waaah waaah"— ❄Silky Frost❄ (@silkyfrost) March 21, 2018
I got news for ya, honey, neither the movies nor the ride are anything close to historically accurate. Good on you for this change, Disney.
Actress Patricia Arquette is right — the change won't hurt the ride:
The whole rides been changed with Johnny Depp Jack Sparrow added anyways. It ain't a time capsule.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) March 21, 2018