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    Re: The World Trade Center in "it's a small world"

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    To be honest, I strongly questioned the frenzy that caught every hollywood major in editing the Twin Towers out of movies and tv-shows se in NYC. I mean, it was reasonable months after the attack, now it's not, it's even dangerous imo.

    In order to avoid bad thing to happen again it is fundamental to remember what happened, not to remove them. Everytime I watch an episode of Friends or of Sex & The City (they both feature long shots of NYC with the Twin Towers) it always reminds me of what happened, what NYC (and the world) was before 9/11 and urge to judge the world today. The same happens when I ride It's a Small World: just a hint of a thought, in an attraction about the joy of learning to live all together.
    Actually, they were edited out of the Friends episodes, I believe. But if your network bought its episodes before 9/11, they would still be there I suppose.

    But while I agree that that's pushing it, there is a certain undeniable awkwardness in having such a reminder of all that's bad in the world in "it's a small world" of all places, isn't there? You would expect Disney, infamous for its suppression of the unhappy, to mind such a thing. Hmmm. Did Bob Iger ride "small world" last week?

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    Re: The World Trade Center in "it's a small world"

    I'm in two minds about the Twin Tower question. On the one hand, they no longer reflect the NYC skyline. If they had simply been demolished, instead of destroyed, would we expect Disney to keep them in the ride?

    On the other hand, removing them because you're afraid people might be prompted to associate your theme park ride with a terrorist attack seems a mite oversensitive. After all, the towers were never supposed to come down.

    Perhaps it's all a question of intent.

    (I'm tempted to ask if the happy, smiling American Indian shouldn't be moved to a pint-sized reservation, complete with casino, but perhaps that's taking things too far.)
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    Re: The World Trade Center in "it's a small world"

    Quote Originally Posted by massimo View Post
    To be honest, I strongly questioned the frenzy that caught every hollywood major in editing the Twin Towers out of movies and tv-shows se in NYC. I mean, it was reasonable months after the attack, now it's not, it's even dangerous imo.

    In order to avoid bad thing to happen again it is fundamental to remember what happened, not to remove them. Everytime I watch an episode of Friends or of Sex & The City (they both feature long shots of NYC with the Twin Towers) it always reminds me of what happened, what NYC (and the world) was before 9/11 and urge to judge the world today. The same happens when I ride It's a Small World: just a hint of a thought, in an attraction about the joy of learning to live all together.
    Well said, amico.

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    Re: The World Trade Center in "it's a small world"

    The whole point of iasw is the ridiculous but hopeful idea of a 'perfect world'. Like a Coke commercial, its sickly and cloying but ultimately comforting.
    I doubt many people would notice if the twin towers were removed, but their presence reinforces the fact that we are in a fantasy and quite lucky to be there even for a few minutes.
    The presence of native Americans, Arbians etc shows that what happens outside of iasw does not alter what is within (although I suspect Disney would never dare to remove any nationality for fear of repercussions). The ride was designed and built while the wounds of WWII were still healing and yet Germany has been a staple of the ride since day one.
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