Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has fired back – in the silliest form imaginable – at Walt Disney World after the theme park removed his alleged lewd hand gesture from a 17-year-old intro filmed for a roller coaster ride. “WELL NOW I AM IN ‘SHOCK,'” Tyler wrote on Facebook. “YOU KNOW I WOULD OWN UP TO THIS DOOZIE…WAY TO GIVE ME THE FINGER NOW Walt Disney World…17 YEARS LATER…SEE YOU NEXT WEEK…HERE’S TO THE GREATEST RIDE AT DISNEY.”
As Ultimate Classic Rock reports, the singer also included a picture of himself, cross-eyed with crooked glasses, making a hand gesture and wearing a hat that reads “FUCK!!” In a follow-up tweet, also including the image, he asked Walt Disney World, “SO WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU THINK THIS MEANS? IS THE HAT A DEAD GIVEAWAY?,” adding, “SEE YOU NEXT WEEK…”
The original hand gesture appeared in the pre-taped intro for the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, a staple since 1999 at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park in Bay Lake, Florida. The clip features Aerosmith in a recording studio, with Tyler telling their “manager” that they should dole out backstage passes. As Inside the Magic first reported, the supposed sexual gesture – described as something “bro-dudes used to do in the Nineties” – was edited digitally into an open palm.
Tyler recently released his debut solo country LP, We’re All Somebody From Somewhere. In June, the rock legend spoke to Howard Stern about the album and Aerosmith’s plans for a farewell tour in 2017. “I love this band, I really do, and I want to squash every thought that anybody might have about this,” he said. “We’re doing a farewell tour, but only because it’s time. We’ve never done that.”