Man, sometimes I really hate Dan Ryckert.
I don't care if he's doing a bit or if he actually is that ignorant. Either way, it offends my soul.
In the early days of his hiring Dan's ignorance would piss me off to no end. But then I realized a lot of his ignorance stems from his childhood, which is more the result of parenting (or lack thereof) than anything. I think he's being honest when he said he doesn't think about pirates that much - he probably doesn't think about pirates as an adult. And as a child it seems he didn't grow up in a household that really fostered learning, exploration, trying new experiences (i.e. all the food he has never had), etc. so he wasn't exposed to pirate knowledge there either.
Yeah, Dan telling stories of his childhood is a real fucking bummer. A few weeks back when they were talking about books, he mentioned that he basically never understood when he was a kid that you could read books for pleasure. Like, literally no one had told him that books could be enjoyable, or exposed him to stuff to read that might make him understand that himself. When you hear stuff like that, you wonder what that kind of childhood does to a person, and you can understand a little bit better why he is like how it is.
Still though, hearing him, out loud, ask whether pirates stole stuff from other people is fucking shocking.