Monday, January 16, 2012

Uncommercial

I'm sure this will make executive hearts at Sony go pit-a-pat.

... Essex-based Lepra Health in Action has expressed "disbelief" at the scene in Aardman Animation's The Pirates! Adventures with Scientists.

The charity said the film, due for release in March, sees an arm fall off a crew member on a "leper-boat".

... The scene shows the arrival of the Pirate Captain on board a captive ship, demanding gold.

"Afraid we don't have any gold old man, this is a leper-boat," explains a crew member. "See," he adds as his arm falls off.

... "We have already received complaints from people affected by leprosy in Brazil and India” ...

Complaints? Who would have thought?

No word yet if there will be changes to Aardman's short about blind school girls and teenage cripples ...

8 comments:

Christopher M. Sobieniak said...

It's sad when these things happen and ruin a good joke because you don't think about the people who might find it offensive.

Anonymous said...

That would be like one of the least offensive jokes on any given episode of Family Guy or Robot Chicken , but because Aardman is positioned as "family entertainment" they can't do a silly Monty Python-esque joke.

Anonymous said...

I am as ugly as a sea cucumber, and I am offended by the trailer for The Pirates!

Anonymous said...

Nothing is more offensive than people getting offended.

Anonymous said...

Leprosy does not actually make body parts fall off. Over a very long term it can shrivel fingers, possibly making them look like they have fallen off.

Also, leprosy is very curable disease now. Those "people affected by leprosy" might better spend their time protesting apparent the lack of treatment in countries like India and Brazil that do have modern medical facilities and medical expertise.

Anonymous said...

I'm offended by Steve's use of the antiquated and derogatory term "cripple."

Nice going for a union rep.

Steve Hulett said...

Irony doth sail over your head, donnit?

But thank you.

Steve Hulett said...

OTOH, there is a fine chance you are being ironic yourself, yes?

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