Theme park, not the movies directly, but related. As the article says, this is not a new development, things change over time;
Disneyland to Remove Bride Auction From Pirates of the Caribbean Ride
Disneyland is going to remove the bride auction scene from the classic Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
The change will take place next year according to Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown.
The ride will also be altered at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris.
"From introducing characters from the film saga, to the technology and story enhancements, changes to our attractions are done in the spirit of moving forward what Walt Disney inspired. We believe the time is right to turn the page to a new story in this scene, consistent with the humorous, adventurous spirit of the attraction," Brown said in a statement.
This is not the first time the ride has been changed to be less offensive or a sexist. The previous change involved pirate men chasing women, which was altered to them now chasing women to get food they have on trays.
The redhead who is among those being auctioned off the moment guests come through currently will become a pirate when the ride is altered, according to Disney.
This caught my eye because I watched the first couple of episodes of the TV series ‘Jamestown’ which start with mail order brides arriving from Britian to marry the men who paid for them (technically their passage across the Atlantic, but they’re largely treated as property).
This show is aiming for a much older audience of course, it’s not family entertainment.
The Disney parks added Jack Sparrow and other characters a few years ago. The ride has never been a historical exhibit in a museum, it’s a fantasy of pirates. Downplaying bloodshed and violence and eliminating slavery, which was at it’s height during the era of carribean piracy.
One thing that struck me watching the most recent film is that the series is chaffing at those limits. Jack and the rest are not “good men, and pirates”, which was one of the ideas in the first movie, and their enemies are (of course) even worse. These are all bad people, even if some are merely greedy and selfish rather than sadistic and evil.
I don’t think Disney should put Sparrow in a realistic pirate movie, but if the franchise is to continue they’ll have to rediscover a route to the fun and (dare I use the word) whimsy of the first film.