View Full Version : Oh, those happy-go-lucky pirates!

09-27-2005, 07:46 PM
What's with kids loving pirates? Don't they know what pirates did? They raped women, gutted prisoners, killed entire families and plundered the coast with merciless bloodlust, and yet our kids are all "I want to be a piwate when I gwow up, mommy! He He!" Why!?


09-27-2005, 08:07 PM
Pirates are sexy.

And in conclusion, so are eye patches.

09-27-2005, 08:39 PM
I guess...

But the gutting! The raping! The hanging! It's not the lovable, carefree pirate image the media is spreading!

09-27-2005, 10:26 PM
Most of the hangings were done TO the pirates, mind. Besides, the only pirates we have today are wearing turtlenecks and glasses in their parent's basements. The commericalized pirates are cooler. :p

09-27-2005, 10:28 PM
Yeah, but if a child dreses up as a pirate...well, The hangings! Arrgh!

09-28-2005, 02:15 AM
Errol Flynn (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001224/)'s fault.

It's the same reason why kids (used to?) love cowboys and gunslingers. The job description of a cowboy isn't very sexy, it's a cow herder for crying out loud! And gunslingers are about the same as pirates. Yet the romantic movies of the fifties to eighties are responsible for those misty-eyed depictions of heroism and adventures. Hmm, Indy is an archeologist...

Back to pirates: There were pirates which were tolerated or even encouraged by governments called corsairs or privateers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privateer).

09-28-2005, 09:56 AM
Well, uh...
Pirates talk funny?

Ray Jones
09-28-2005, 10:25 AM
Well, that's at least what we think here at the MI-Forums.

09-28-2005, 11:24 AM
I suppose it woldn't be as bad if a child wanted to dress up as a privateer, but who does that?

09-29-2005, 05:57 PM
Does it actually MATTER? Nowadays, we can dress up as pirates without any harm done. In the future, kids may dress up as romanticized mobsters and prostitutes and consider it okay. :p

(3,800th post. Er... woohoo?)

09-29-2005, 06:30 PM

09-29-2005, 06:57 PM
This is a pirate thread. You're supposed to say "Post Wench". Just to stay with the theme.

09-29-2005, 07:30 PM
Hmm, OK...




09-29-2005, 07:58 PM
Right on.

09-30-2005, 09:42 AM
You've gotta love Johnny Depp's involvement in the recent pirate trend though. No one seemed to point out that the average life span of a pirate was very short (I'd come up with real statistics, but I really don't want to). Also it depends on your perception, some guy I studied 3 years ago who's name I can't remember right now but lived during Elizabethan times (Elizabeth I), attacked Spanish ships and stole their money and goods in the name of the Queen...to the British (well, the English, I guess) he was a hero.