Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Items Pulled From Stores “To Be Destroyed” As Cultural Sensitivity & Inclusion Changes Continue

Another development in the ongoing cultural sensitivity changes at Jungle Cruise occurred this morning. Two t-shirts featuring a Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto logo, a popular tiki bar at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, were pulled from the shelves at BouTiki this morning.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Trader Sam animatronic that the bar is named after was recently removed from the Jungle Cruise. Disney announced that the scene will be replaced by “Trader Sam’s Gift Shop.”

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.

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Anon
Anon
29 days ago

Comments on this post are sure to be thoughtful and considerate as I’ve come to expect from the readers of this site.

MadameBovary
MadameBovary
28 days ago
Reply to  Anon

It seems the comments were all civil, while speaking of their enmity. I don’t see anyone being super rude, unless you consider the word stupid to be that bad.

Ron patteron
Ron patteron
29 days ago

When is the Stupid, going to stop, this is getting way out of hand, people are telling Disney please just stop with the WOKE/SJW stuff, please, but now there gonna double down on stupid

Mason Pyle
Mason Pyle
28 days ago
Reply to  Ron patteron

Disney will stop this when they go broke due to their woke/SJW crap.

N. W.
N. W.
28 days ago
Reply to  Ron patteron

Woke just another word for brainwashed

Poly Fan
Poly Fan
29 days ago

Those are good-looking shirts.

mark landers
mark landers
29 days ago

This is getting beyond absurd

Sunny
Sunny
29 days ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if they change to name of the tiki bars on both coasts to be more “culturally sensitive and inclusive.”

Jason Faas
Jason Faas
29 days ago

This is getting out of hand, if you’re going to go to Disney and complain about stuff like this then you need to just sit home and never leave the house. I hate to be blunt but someone needs to say it.

JennB
JennB
29 days ago
Reply to  Jason Faas

Yes, we all need to take a stand against the extreme cancelling of expression. We are edging on a world where there is no humor allowed, or else you are labeled as a bad person or racist.

James Farquhar
James Farquhar
29 days ago

it is culturally sensitive to me the nonsense of “woke” and the price that we are having to pay because of it. It is culturally sensitive to me that WDW is pandering to this crap and raising the prices to cover the merchandise revenue lost and the retooling price to change what has been a part of the “Magic” for years. Stop pandering to the minute minority of cry babies.

Mason Pyle
Mason Pyle
29 days ago

Might as well remove the ride. Cancel Culture is going to cancel Disney. Since hey go woke go broke. Seriously these people are becoming INSANE. Let’s cancel Frontierland now for the period of history it takes place in.

Mason Pyle
Mason Pyle
29 days ago

It’s no longer the happiest place on earth. It’s the wokest place on earth.

JennB
JennB
29 days ago

I’ve always been one to respect different cultures around the world. Certainly, some depictions of peoples in art can be in fact degrading. However, in other cases, there is more of an innocent and playful nature with no disrespect intended. In my opinion right now, this is one of those cases. As a lifelong cartoonist and artist, I am seriously afraid that we are getting to a place where we can no longer create any kind of expression that’s beyond a very serious and 100% accurate depiction of anything. We are creating a world in which there can be no… Read more »

John
John
29 days ago

I think that the pendulum needs to be brought back to the center. Just remember that you can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

Chuck C
Chuck C
29 days ago

So, if I go to Hawaii and purchase tiki themed merchandise it’s Ok, but not at Disney? What about merch from Aulani? I truly hope this is a copyright issue and not something else.

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
29 days ago

What’s next, cancelling the Polynesian resort?!?!? Although, that wouldn’t been much different to the axing Disney has done to the Poly in recent years. Yes, I’m still lamenting over the removal of the atrium waterfall in the Great Ceremonial House!

Tammy wright
Tammy wright
28 days ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

This is terrible! People work hard for their $ To learn and enjoy !! Now i have to call my AAA agent. to find out what is going on with my favorite. Hotel the Poly. I hope they still have the nighttime show!!! I felt like i was back in Hawaii.

mis
mis
29 days ago

disney will not be happy until they “woke” disney into nonexistence.

Joseph Kastner
Joseph Kastner
29 days ago

Maybe Disney stock needs to keep tanking for them to get the message. They don’t seem to have gotten it yet

AWAKE
AWAKE
29 days ago

Woke is a derivative movement from Marxism that was started in the late 1920’s at the Frankfort School in Germany so if you think being WOKE is a positive then you have been duped by the Marxists, it has NOTHING to do with cultural sensitivity and everything to do with erasure of history and control.

Impressions de Say What?
Impressions de Say What?
28 days ago
Reply to  AWAKE

Tucker, is that you?

Clw
Clw
28 days ago

Tucker for Disney CEO

G D
G D
29 days ago

What about the people that want to buy the shirts

Mason Pyle
Mason Pyle
28 days ago
Reply to  G D

They will have to go to Disney Character warehouse or the internet

Jason Barnett
Jason Barnett
28 days ago

I’m pretty liberal (and biased because I make tiki mugs) but tiki is not polynesian, it’s fiction and a pastiche based vaguely on Pacific Island motifs, heavily altered and interpreted. This feels like a road to criminalizing art.

Chris
Chris
28 days ago
Reply to  Jason Barnett

Gotta get your government art permit before creating anything. Also, they’re retro-actively revocable, and you can be held liable.

tvnutt
tvnutt
27 days ago
Reply to  Jason Barnett

Maori use the term Hei-Tiki for a tiki carving with big eyes and a tilted head.Maori are also of the polynesian race. So, Tiki IS polynesian. It’s just become an overused word to define any wooden/stone carving of Polynesia.

Blow it up
Blow it up
28 days ago

The word Grog is offensive. Or at least appropriation. Name needs to go next. Also why are we demeaning Sam by referring to him only as his occupation undoubtedly pushed on him by a capitalistic society forcing its way into his home land?

rroe
rroe
28 days ago

To bad folks don’t Boycott Disney before things keep getting worse. Disney keeps caving to the Cancel Culture…..ridiculous!!!

Eric M
Eric M
28 days ago
Reply to  rroe

I’ll be part of the solution by taking my money elsewhere