A men’s t-shirt, pictured on the left, featured the logo on the back. A woman’s scoop-neck t-shirt, pictured on the right, had the same logo on the front. Both shirts were released in December 2020, before the Jungle Cruise changes were announced.
The Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto logo included imagery of a “tiki mask” and two canoe paddles with “tribal” faces. Tiki masks are often used to evoke Polynesian themes and were traditionally used as religious artifacts in some Polynesian cultures.
Inside Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, tiki mask motifs can be seen. These types of thematic elements are prevalent in Adventureland attractions all around the world.
When asked about the removal of the shirts, a Cast Member said they were asked to pull the shirts “to be destroyed”.
UPDATE: It is worth noting that some believe the shirts were actually a copyright infringement on some designs from Oceanic Arts, but this is not the information that was relayed to cast members at the location.
Stay tuned to WDWNT for more updates on the ongoing cultural sensitivity changes around the Disney Parks.