Screen Junkies » lepers http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 08 Sep 2014 20:21:38 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The ‘Pirates! Band Of Misfits’ Trailer Has Pissed Off Lepers http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-pirates-band-of-misfits-trailer-has-pissed-off-lepers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-pirates-band-of-misfits-trailer-has-pissed-off-lepers/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:43:17 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243425 2012: The year clay animation became offensive.

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What should have been this year’s least offensive film, Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band Of Misfits, has gone and pissed off leprosy groups. Seriously. Clay pirates have caused offense.

Lepra Health In Action and the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations took issue with a scene in the trailer when a man declares himself as a leper just seconds before his arm falls off. Aardman apologized for the offense (probably in a hilariously proper British way) and agreed to change the scene. An Aardman spokesperson says:

“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.”

I assume the scene will now feature characters inflicted with severe pain, muscle weakness, eye problems, and enlarged nerves primarily around the elbow and knee. The changes to the stop-motion scene is expected to be finished in three years. (Deadline)

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