And the craziness continues. Now people are mad that six of Dr. Seuss’ 30 plus books will no longer be published. There are hundreds of rhyme-written memes poo-pooing the nonsense as just more cancel culture, another form of censorship.
The decision to no longer publish these six books came from Dr. Seuss’ estate who OWN the rights to the books. The estate stated they felt that these six books, in particular, contained images that were hurtful to certain ethnic and racial groups.
The statement from Dr. Seuss Enterprises that was released on March 2, his birthday, read, “Today, on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises celebrates reading and also our mission of supporting all children and families with messages of hope, inspiration, inclusion, and friendship. We are committed to action. To that end, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, working with a panel of experts, including educators, reviewed our catalog of titles and made the decision last year to cease publication and licensing of the following titles: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, If I Ran the Zoo, McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer. These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong. Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families.”
So, nothing is happening with his other books. They will continue to entertain young and old for years to come. There will always be the Cat in the Hat, The Grinch who Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who, The Lorax, Fox in Socks, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh the Places You’ll Go, There’s a Wocket in my Pocket and SO MANY MORE!
The estate felt they had a valid reason to make their decision, especially now when Asians are being attacked because ignorant people blame them for the Coronavirus. And African Americans continue to be racially profiled and victimized.
Do I agree with their decision, NO!
Not 100 percent anyways.
Their statement said they spent the past year reviewing these books two of which are among his top best sellers. Most reports state they removed the books because of the images of the characters portrayed, not the story itself.
If that’s the case, why not commit to re-doing the images for the books instead. But in the end, THEY own the books and can do with them what they please.
It’s unfortunate but true.
The decision to stop publishing these six titles doesn’t mean you can’t hurry-up and place an order through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles or any of the other hundred online bookstores. But once again with all the buzz, you better act fast and place that order now.
Plus, we live in a digital world where people who are okay with these six books and may have a copy, will start to post digital copies on places like Parler (yep, they’re back), Telegram, 4chan and other locations on the internet and dark web.
But people are still trying to make this a “political” debate.
Let’s be clear, neither the Republicans nor the Democrats made this decision. Government officials are too busy arguing about who should get COVID relief and when, and why the minimum wage should or should not be increased. Meanwhile they are collecting salaries most Americans can only dream of, from tax dollars we pay.
Basically, if our current leaders were writing a Dr. Seuss, book it would read something like this:
I do not wish to raise your pay,
I do not wish to help that way.
I will not help you get what you need,
I’m here to simply feed my greed.
I will not vote for that bill you see,
I will not even try to agree,
Your needs to me mean nothing at all,
I see no need to answer your call,
I’m oil, you’re water and the two will not mix
Besides our country is great! There’s nothing to fix
The people don’t need COVID relief,
Everyone’s doing fine, get over it, good grief!
So, we’re doing nothing, all day and all night,
To us, no matter which side is right,
There is no backing down, they’ll be no truce,
And we don’t give a poop about your Dr. Seuss.
- Patty Leon