Feminist pirates and their chanteys

A recent Key and Peele segment has pirates singing chanteys.”Pirates trade swashbuckling stories about how they’ve treated the women in their lives.” No, it’s not what you think.

(Hat tip to Gregory Ward.)

From Colin Gorenstein on Salon yesterday:

This “Key & Peele” pirate sketch is an absolutely brilliant send-up of rape culture

“Key & Peele” asks: What if aggressively alpha male pirates chanted about sexual consent and respecting women?

In the “Key & Peele” universe, pirates don’t ever say the word “ho,” because “ ‘ho’ is disrespectful, yo.”

Meet the new wave of socially conscious, consent-advocating pirates from season five’s debut episode. Much in the same way the comedy duo once fantasized about a world without trigger-happy cops with “Negrotown,” “Pirate Chantey” presents another utopia — for pirates. In it, the aggressively alpha-male archetype is exchanged for a much more empathetic portrait.

These pirates get that “no means no,” and they chant about it, too.

On the show, from Wikipedia:

Key & Peele is an American sketch comedy television show. It stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, both former cast members of MADtv. Each episode of the show consists mainly of several pre-taped sketches starring the two actors. The sketches cover a variety of societal topics, often with a focus on African-American culture and race relations.

And on the noun chantey, from NOAD2:

chantey (also chanty, shanty, or sea chantey)  a song with alternating solo and chorus, of a kind originally sung by sailors while performing physical labor together. ORIGIN mid 19th. cent.: probably from French chantez! ‘sing!,’ imperative plural of chanter.

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