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    Pirates of the Carribean Trinket Raises Concern



    Some say it's nice. Others ask if it's real gold.
    But then they take a closer look.
    It's a gold-plated necklace in the shape of a noose, and it's being sold as part of Disney Couture's Pirates of the Caribbean line. Even though you won't find it on Disney.com, it is carried by a few other online retailers.
    “If I saw someone wearing that, I would be uncomfortable with that, regardless of what race because, to me, it's like taking the law into your own hands,” said Norman Brown, president of St. Petersburg's NAACP.
    “The thing that came to my mind when I saw the noose was lynchings.”
    While Brown was quick to point out the NAACP has other issues that rank much higher than this, he said he was surprised the necklace would be carried as part of a Disney line.
    “You know, sometimes you see things that make you uncomfortable. It makes me uncomfortable,” he said.
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl has at least two hanging references. One is when skeletons are shown hanging on a large sea boulder as Captain Jack Sparrow sails toward the cave at Isla de Muerta. Another is when Sparrow himself is about to be hanged in Port Royal but is saved by Will Turner.
    Brown and other members of the NAACP say those scenes are fine in the movie. But they'd like to keep them there.
    “I would ask Disney not to display [the necklace],” said Rev. Martin Rainey, first vice president of St. Petersburg's NAACP.
    Several calls to Disney were not returned by our Wednesday deadline.
    This story first came to Tampa Bay's 10, thanks to a lead from a viewer. She said her family visits Walt Disney attractions every summer, but after seeing the necklace, they will not be taking their annual trip.
    What do you think? To tell us, click on the comments section at the bottom of this story.
    Here are the comments from some of the people we stopped on the street:
    Nakita Moody of St. Petersburg: “I wouldn't buy it.”
    Angelita Fleming of St. Petersburg: “It looks like a rope necklace, just wrapped around. [It doesn't] bother me at all.”
    Angela King of St. Petersburg: “It's kinda insulting. It's a reminder of the past, and the past supposed to be behind us.”
    Nicole Jackson of St. Petersburg: “It's okay. It's nice.”
    Fran Georgiou of St. Petersburg: “I don't like it.”
    Cark Kromer of St. Petersburg: “It's interesting-looking but rather offensive.”
    Source: http://www.tampabays10.com/news/loca...=82450&catid=8

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    Re: Pirates of the Carribean Trinket Raises Concern

    I don't find it offensive, but then I am German/Norwegian/Welsh so take that as you will.

    It looks a little like a noose to me, but not a well made one.


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    Re: Pirates of the Carribean Trinket Raises Concern

    Personally I think wearing any sort of an instrument of death is a bit morbid. Now they just need to release the revolver, the lead pipe, the candle stick and the knife!
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    Re: Pirates of the Carribean Trinket Raises Concern

    Same here, I just do not like things like this. pretty morbid if you ask me.

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    Re: Pirates of the Carribean Trinket Raises Concern

    hmmm. I do have a shirts with two pistols above my .....um....


    but, a noose? no way.




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    Re: Pirates of the Carribean Trinket Raises Concern

    Personally, my view is that there is already enough real hatred and bigotry in the world. We don't need to go creating it where it does not exist.
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    Re: Pirates of the Carribean Trinket Raises Concern

    I think it's a stupid reason to not take your kids to Disney World. But then, I think most people who say they're not doing x because of y are making up the fact that they were ever really going to do x in the first place.

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    Re: Pirates of the Carribean Trinket Raises Concern

    Quote Originally Posted by Morrigoon View Post
    I think it's a stupid reason to not take your kids to Disney World. But then, I think most people who say they're not doing x because of y are making up the fact that they were ever really going to do x in the first place.
    I 100% agree with you on this point.
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    Re: Pirates of the Carribean Trinket Raises Concern

    my two cents ... I am not casting judgement either way but if it wasn't sold by Disney, as a Disney item, in a Disney venue it wouldn't even be newsworthy
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    Re: Pirates of the Carribean Trinket Raises Concern

    I like the necklace, because it is darkly humorous. Some people need to get a sense of humor and stop crying foul over anything that isn't 100% white washed and inoffensively bland.

    Plus, the necklace has nothing at all to do with the lynchings of African Americans, it is about hangings in the world of pirates.

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    Re: Pirates of the Carribean Trinket Raises Concern

    It doesn't bother me, but I'm having trouble understanding why anyone would want to wear a noose as jewellery, even if it is just in reference to the Pirates movie.

    Wearing this could be misinterpreted. I'd hate to have to explain that, "no I don't approve of lynching, this piece is in reference to POTC is all" to someone. Why take the risk of appearing to be a bigot when you aren't one?
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    Re: Pirates of the Carribean Trinket Raises Concern

    Looks like a light bulb to me.

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    Re: Pirates of the Carribean Trinket Raises Concern

    It's fine. I wonder in those who are not Christian find Crosses morbid.

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    Re: Pirates of the Carribean Trinket Raises Concern

    Quote Originally Posted by aashee View Post
    It's fine. I wonder in those who are not Christian find Crosses morbid.
    Exactly what I was thinking. Reminds me of a line I once heard, "If Jesus had lived in the 20th Century, would a bunch of people be wearing electric chairs around their necks?"

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    Re: Pirates of the Carribean Trinket Raises Concern

    Quote Originally Posted by lazyboy97O View Post
    Exactly what I was thinking. Reminds me of a line I once heard, "If Jesus had lived in the 20th Century, would a bunch of people be wearing electric chairs around their necks?"
    I love that line. Lenny Bruce if I'm not mistaken.

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