Originally Posted by JonEisberg
You're referring primarily to the popularity of the Disney PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise, I presume? What's so "hard to understand" about $3.7 billion in worldwide box office sales?
Seriously, you don't really believe Johnny Depp, or his fictional character Jack Sparrow, has served as an 'inspiration' for Somali or Nigerian piracy, do you?
On the other hand, perhaps they're all Paul Cayard wannabes? :-)
I agree, I think this obsession against the fictional historic pirates is a bit overboard. I don't think many are inspired to be bank robbers by Bonnie and Clyde movies, or to become mobsters by movies like the Godfather. Lots of bad guys get glorified. Keep in mind too that the glorification of pirates is more of a celebration of a society that never really existed. Sure some of the names are real, but there representations are not. It is a celebration of a fictional world, not of today's version.