Did you know that a person is diagnosed with leprosy every two minutes? Did you know that the word "leper" is totally funny, not in a ha-ha way, but in that way where you're not entirely sure you're spelling it right, even when you are?
Anyway, leprosy is apparently still a fairly widespread disease, and it's totally not okay to make fun of that fact, as Aardman Animations is discovering. Apparently a couple of leper advocacy groups have asked the studio to make changes to their upcoming film The Pirates! Band Of Misfits (which, in another weird turn of events, is apparently called The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists! overseas), which, if you've seen the trailer, handily inserted above, apparently features an adventure in which the titular pirates raid a ship looking for gold, only to find a group of dirty, dirty lepers.
(Disclaimer: I actually don't know if lepers are dirty or not.)
Apparently the scene in question has been removed, or altered in some way; Ain't It Cool is stating that the ship has been switched from having lepers to having scientists aboard, although I can't find that info in any other article about the brouhaha, with most of them only saying that Aardman is going to make changes to the scene in question to make it more palatable and less offensive to said leper groups, including the International Federation Of Anti-Leprosy Associations. I guess they've already made a bit of a point to me; call me a sheltered American, but I always assumed that leprosy was one of those ancient biblical diseases that had long since been eradicated, like tuberculosis and malaria. We're learning something today!