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Aardman Animations to remove a scene from The Pirates! Band of Misfits

01.24.2012

FishHatI sure hope you've seen the trailer for this film, because it emanates the kind of sheer delight I find is often missing from adventure films these days.

Now there is a moment in the trailer which, if you're anything like me, you found to be hilarious. The Pirate Captain, voiced by Hugh Grant, sets foot on a boat he and his pirates seek to plunder and demands that the crew turn over any gold that they're carrying. A crew member then speaks up, saying “afraid we don’t have any gold old man, this is a leper boat. See?” And then his arm falls off. It's absurd, it's irreverent, and it's a brilliant sight gag.  And now it has been removed after being deemed offensive to people with leprosy/people who work with people who have leprosy. 

The concern was expressed by leprosy organizations that the "such a scene could increase stigma and discrimination for disease sufferers." Which is fair, I suppose. A representative for Aardman Animations (WALLACE AND GROMIT, CHICKEN RUN) had this to say today on the matter: “'After reviewing the matter, we decided to change the scene out of respect and sensitivity for those who suffer from leprosy. The last thing anyone intended was to offend anyone and it is clear to us that the right way to proceed is to honor the efforts made by organizations like ILEP to educate the public about this disease.' Lepra Health in Action for its part said it was 'genuinely delighted that Aardman has decided to amend the film' and praised the filmmakers respect and sensitivity."

It's great that the studio was so open to changing something that would have alienated audience members (both with and without leprosy), and I know it was only one small joke in the grand scheme of what is sure to be a fantastic film, but... ah, I just found it really funny.  But maybe that's because I don't have leprosy.

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3:07AM on 01/25/2012

people with Leprosy WONT be seeing this!!!

once again this is catering to the lowest common denominator that denominator being people with Leprosy and People with Leprosy wouldnt have seen this film anyway.... plus that is the way it was back then. Pussies.
once again this is catering to the lowest common denominator that denominator being people with Leprosy and People with Leprosy wouldnt have seen this film anyway.... plus that is the way it was back then. Pussies.
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12:47AM on 01/25/2012
Know Who I Feel Bad For? The Animators. Probably Took Them Weeks To Plan, Then Weeks More To Execute. WTF Man! All That Hard Work Set To Sail With The Lepers
Know Who I Feel Bad For? The Animators. Probably Took Them Weeks To Plan, Then Weeks More To Execute. WTF Man! All That Hard Work Set To Sail With The Lepers
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4:53PM on 01/24/2012

Obviously...

The funny bone is the first thing that falls off.
The funny bone is the first thing that falls off.
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4:48PM on 01/24/2012

Weren't leper boats real things?

Srsly.
Srsly.
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3:51PM on 01/24/2012

ridiculous

seriously, come on now -- it was a joke. Everyone else gets made fun of, gingers, fat people, white people, natives, skinny people, people with the flu--etc. it's a god damn joke that's all in good fun, not a rude slam on people with the illness. Come on now... it is what it is I guess... blah
seriously, come on now -- it was a joke. Everyone else gets made fun of, gingers, fat people, white people, natives, skinny people, people with the flu--etc. it's a god damn joke that's all in good fun, not a rude slam on people with the illness. Come on now... it is what it is I guess... blah
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3:31PM on 01/24/2012

Really?

I'm just glad they didn't have anything about the plague, the measles, or small pox. Now that would have been really offensive.
I'm just glad they didn't have anything about the plague, the measles, or small pox. Now that would have been really offensive.
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12:18PM on 01/24/2012
I think it's sad that this movie will mock people with prothetic legs! Please remove any pirate with a peg leg!
I think it's sad that this movie will mock people with prothetic legs! Please remove any pirate with a peg leg!
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12:02PM on 01/24/2012
I have a beard. I'm offended by this movie.
I have a beard. I'm offended by this movie.
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11:41AM on 01/24/2012

oversensitive

That is so stupid. Just plain stupid.
That is so stupid. Just plain stupid.
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10:42AM on 01/24/2012
I was diagnosed with cancer and survived, and I laugh the loudest at cancer jokes in movies. I loved 50/50 when everybody assumed I would absolutely hate and be offended by it. I think some people get a little TOO offended by stuff like this because they feel like they have to, not because they truly are. They feel like they have to speak for the party involved, but I rarely hear complaints from those who are supposedly directly offended.

Now, I do praise Aardman for this swift decision and
I was diagnosed with cancer and survived, and I laugh the loudest at cancer jokes in movies. I loved 50/50 when everybody assumed I would absolutely hate and be offended by it. I think some people get a little TOO offended by stuff like this because they feel like they have to, not because they truly are. They feel like they have to speak for the party involved, but I rarely hear complaints from those who are supposedly directly offended.

Now, I do praise Aardman for this swift decision and I'm glad that the scene wasn't particularly vital to the plot or anything. It's good to see that they don't want to hurt anybody's feelings. I just think feelings may not actually be hurt.
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10:35AM on 01/24/2012
Bah! Everyone's so PC now.
Bah! Everyone's so PC now.
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9:55AM on 01/24/2012
What's next? should we remove all fat jokes, cause it'll offend fat people? how about bald jokes, people who become bald can't help it! I find this crap ridiculous, it a fricking cartoon, have a little self irony!!!
What's next? should we remove all fat jokes, cause it'll offend fat people? how about bald jokes, people who become bald can't help it! I find this crap ridiculous, it a fricking cartoon, have a little self irony!!!
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10:05AM on 01/24/2012
To be fair, it doesn't sound like they were contacted by ILEP, but came to this decision after some deliberation amongst themselves. I'll miss the scene (maybe it'll make it into the "Deleted Scenes" on the DVD), but I can't feel too upset overall.
To be fair, it doesn't sound like they were contacted by ILEP, but came to this decision after some deliberation amongst themselves. I'll miss the scene (maybe it'll make it into the "Deleted Scenes" on the DVD), but I can't feel too upset overall.
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