Monday, March 29, 2021

Did you think they would stop with Dr. Seuss?

No, not really. I figured they'd test the waters with Dr. Seuss and then put the pedal to the metal.

And they did. The new racist emergency is The Adventures of Ook and Gluck. No, I'm not making this up.

On Monday, March 22, 2021, with the full support of Dav Pilkey, Scholastic halted distribution of the 2010 book The Adventures of Ook and Gluk. Together, we recognize that this book perpetuates passive racism. We are deeply sorry for this serious mistake. Scholastic has removed the book from our websites, stopped fulfillment of any orders (domestically or abroad), contacted our retail partners to explain why this book is no longer available, and sought a return of all inventory.

Dav Pilkey is the author of Captain Underpants. His caveman book has been circulating for 12 years without any concern. I'll add that 2010 was a year I remember pretty well, and I don't recall it being super racist. More the reverse, people walking on eggshells to avoid offending anyone. So, not having read anything but the blurb, I expect anyone who read it would be wondering what the "passive racism" was. Nobody is saying anything, which is usual for this type of thing.

Then there's this:

Throughout our 100 year history, we have learned that trust must be won every day by total vigilance.

(Emphasis mine, obviously.) That reads like the type of overblown rhetoric one expects from Pravda circa 1955. "Total vigilance!!!!" forsooth. Reading the reviews at Amazon, all the one and two stars are Karen complaining about the caveman spelling. There are -zero- complaints that the book shows racism that I saw, but I did not read all 2128 of the four-and-a-half-out-of-five star ratings.

Another SJW shirtstorm, basically. Really ramping up the cancellation machine, my friends.

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