Disney Is Turning a Wench From the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride Into a Pirate, for Feminism

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A redheaded wench intended to be sold off to pirates on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride in Disney World, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris is getting a major promotion: she’s gonna be a swashbuckling pirate too! Hooray!

Disney announced on Thursday that the company is making some changes to the ride including adding new characters from the movie and removing the scene where the unnamed redhead is sold at auction to pirates yelling, “We wants the redhead!”


“You’ll even discover that a familiar character is playing a new role joining the pirates ranks and helping the local townspeople ‘unload’ their valuables at the Mercado auction,” reads the Disney blog post about the change. I wonder if she’ll get a real name now too?

“Our team thought long and hard about how to best update this scene. Given the redhead has long been a fan favorite, we wanted to keep her as a pivotal part of the story, so we made her a plundering pirate!” Kathy Mangum, senior vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering, said in a statement to the OC Register. Previously, Disney has changed a scene in which pirates creepily chase women to pirates chasing women holding plates of food instead.

Now I know this might be surprising to some, but die-hard Disney fans are pissed that the ride is changing and made it clear in the comments of the blog. “This is NOT a change we want,” writes a commenter named Heather. “Why does ‘equality’ mean women have to look like or act like men?”

“YES, they ARE pirates, but the point of the attraction has always been about showing the FUN, romanticized side of piracy,” writes another commenter named Fred.


Ah yes, the FUN, romanticized side of piracy.

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