The Talk Like a Pirate Day
has come and gone.
I am sure it was a lot of fun for some around the USA (and perhaps around the world) as it is a day meant to be full of fun and humor
My interest in some of the funny
or entertaining or interesting things about Pirates as characters (in fiction and film) has not diminished or ended.
So, you can expect some more discussion about some Pirates in movies in a future thread. Yar!
Should Current Events Prevent Discussion of Topics?
It is unfortunate that a recent terrorist capture of hostages in the Philippines
has occurred, but it has nothing to do with Hollywood films or books
about Pirates on the high seas. My sincere sympathy goes to the men
and women who were taken hostage, but I don't think they would blame a 1934 film of Treasure Island
for their predicament. Nor should they.
I seriously doubt they would expect people to stop talking about or researching or enjoying Hollywood Pirate films or books
because they were captured by some terrorist group. And I doubt they would object to children
(or adults) dressing up in costumes of 18th Century Buccaneers or Pirates on Halloween or any day.
In fact, since they are sailors too, it is likely they might have done the same at some point in their lives, or perhaps watched and enjoyed some classic Pirate films, like Treasure Island.
To the best of my knowledge, no one is "glamorizing" the lives or actions of real current
day Somali or Philippine Pirates. I, too, would find that distasteful.
The incidents of real current day pirate attacks have been extensively covered in numerous threads on this forum, and in serious manner, as befits the serious nature of current real pirates and violence they cause.
Will future discussions of Hollywood Pirate movies offend some CF members?
Possibly. But why? They have the ability to not read those threads.
For those who don't distinguish between fact and fiction or between Hollywood films and actual current events
, I respectfully suggest you should not merge the two or mistake the two. Let's not confuse those serious threads with this one or with others focused on Hollywood pirates as it would be like confusing a film about hunting real rabbits with one about Elmer Fudd hunting Bugs Bunny.
A current Johnny Depp depiction of Captain
Jack Sparrow in a Disney movie
(or earlier movies of similar kind) is harmless and really has not much to do with the real historic Blackbeard or current day real Somali Pirates or real Philippine Terrorists. It would be like saying Captain Ron
(fictional character) is similar to the real historic Captain
Cook. They are obviously NOT the same, despite both having been in command of some sailboat. As it happens, there were (fictional) Pirates in the Captain Ron film, and that was a funny
If you think any
mention of pirates will offend you, the simple remedy is to not read those threads that have the word "pirate" in the title. That would include a future thread I will start titled something like "Pirate Movies and Characters."
Some of the stories, characters, creatures, and effects in Hollywood Pirate movies are as fanciful as dragons and unicorns and mermaids or the Kraken. In fact, those fanciful creatures do appear in the recent Disney films.
For anyone to conflate the discussion of Pirates of literature or Hollywood films (mostly fictional or fantasy) with ANY current real Pirates (Somali or Philippine or elsewhere) seems to be stretching credibility as much as any Disney film. In other words, "You can't be serious."
To conflate is to merge two things, in an unreasonable manner. For example, despite the fact that many people die each year in automobile accidents, it would be a conflation to say that the recent comedy animated film "Cars"
by Pixar films should not be mentioned, discussed, shown, enjoyed, or laughed at, because "cars are killers."
It would be a conflation to suggest that people watching the animated film Cars
are likely to drive more recklessly, endangering other drivers. To say those things in a public forum that is focused on all things related to automobiles and driving would be beyond credibility or reasonableness, in my opinion. Similarly, to say that we should not discuss Pirates (fictional or real) in a forum focused on sailing topics (including jokes, books, films, videos, websites, blogs, etc.) and all things related to sailboats and sailing the seas, seems to be unrealistic.
How to go forward?
For those who enjoy Hollywood pirate movies and characters, keep a watch for a future thread I will start focused on that topic, "Pirate Movies and Characters."
For those who don't like the discussion of fictional or historic Pirates or how they are depicted in Hollywood movies or in literature
, then just ignore the thread or future ones and focus your attention on something that will not cause you discomfort or unease or bring up memories of dead friends.
There are plenty of threads in this forum in which I am sure your opinions will be respected and your participation will be helpful, as I know I have previously enjoyed your participation in them and generally and sincerely respect your experience as a sailor and cruiser.