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Everything’s Coming Up Pirates

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Pirate_lThis week has been pirate overload for me here at EW.com and PopWatch. Last weekend, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (left) opened to predicted box office madness. Yesterday morning, as I was getting ready for work, Today had guests on from some feminist pirate musical called The Pirate Queen. And last night was the premiere of what could have only been pitched as ‘Think Survivor, only on a ship, not an island and with long, flowy shirts!!’ — CBS’ Pirate Master (second from right)

After all of this a hoopla in a week, my pirate paranoia got the best of me when I started thinking about fashion and music icons. For one thing, there is Kate Moss’ “pirate” line for Topshop. And lately it looks like Interpol’s Carlos D (right) and the Killers’ Brandon Flowers (second from left) both took “The Road to Looking Like a Pirate” class (a.k.a. Pirate Style 101), as is apparent from their longer hair, mustaches, and one of the more popular pirate accessories, the vest. It’s only a matter of time before their hair is flowing, dread-like, and topped with the ever-present bandana (like their forefather Keith Richards, who not only inspired Johnny Depp’s Pirates character but also has a cameo in At World’s End). Or, yikes, the tri-cornered cap.

I feel like the pop pirates are taking over, and I’m drowning in their sea. I don’t know about you, but my fantasies do not include spending lots of time on a rickety, smelly ship with some dirty men covered in barnacles. However, if Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner wants to jump ship and meet me on an island somewhere… well, that could make me rethink my pirate aversion! PopWatchers, are you too seeing only buccaneers? And are there any pop-culture pirates I’ve left out?