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Did Disney World remove Steven Tyler's shockingly obscene hand gesture from a ride?

The Rock 'n' Rollercoaster, featuring Aerosmith, has been operating at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando since 1999.

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The Rock 'n' Rollercoaster, featuring Aerosmith, has been operating at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando since 1999.

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Has Steven Tyler been making the obscene hand gesture known as "the shocker" in front of countless Orlando tourists and families for the past 17 years?

That's what Behind the Thrills, a popular blog dedicated to Disney theme park news is saying, and they've posted video evidence to back it up. 

The Rock 'n' Rollercoaster indoor rollercoaster features the music of Aerosmith as well as Tyler and the rest of the band in a video intro. The ride opened in 1999, and for years that video apparently featured Tyler doing this with his hand...

That is, until recently, when the theme park reportedly used digital effects to change Tyler's offending hand to this...

We can't know for sure if Tyler meant the gesture as an obscene one, but the fact that Disney decided to go through the trouble of removing it begs the question, why now? Were there complaints? Did they only just now finally notice?

Also, did they change it before or after Tyler was at the park to celebrate his 68th birthday earlier this year?

I've reached out to Tyler's publicist as well as Disney to get those answers, and I'll update this post if they respond.

If that doesn't work, you can always try to ask Tyler when he comes to Clearwater solo to perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Aug. 29. He'll be here in support of his new country album, We Are All Somebody From Somewhere.

You can compare the original and the new intro videos below.

 

[Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:26am]

    

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