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Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Dr. Seuss Inc. cancels Dr. Seuss

This is a good example of why authors need to be much more careful about those to whom they trust their literary legacies:

Six popular Dr. Seuss books — including And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo — “will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said Tuesday,” The Associated Press reported.

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement marking the late author and illustrator’s birthday.

“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,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises said. The Associated Press reported that the “racist and insensitive” depictions played a part in their removal.

The other books affected are McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer.

This appears to be classic convergence in action. Remember, convergence prevents an organization from performing its core function, which in this case is selling Dr. Seuss books. Although I can't help but notice none of these are among the bestsellers....

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70 Comments:

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 02, 2021 12:56 PM  

The only surprise is that they didn't include Horton Hears A Who.

Blogger Glen Sprigg March 02, 2021 12:57 PM  

Isn't Mulberry Street one of the big ones? Granted, it's not Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham, but still, it's one of the ones I recognize.

Blogger sammibandit March 02, 2021 12:58 PM  

I've never heard of those titles. Not a one.

Blogger Jeroth March 02, 2021 1:01 PM  

"Let's get ahead of this and ban some of our poorer performing books. That should display our woke credentials and keep the mob off our back."

Yeah, good luck with that.

Blogger Dos Voltz March 02, 2021 1:02 PM  

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong”

LOL, Really? That's the standard? I've been living in "HateWhiteyWorld" all my fuckin life, no one seems to have ever been bothered by it.

If that's the standard then you'll have to ban every American college and university, plus any government agency that spreads Critical Race Theory, ban the SLPC, ban the ADL,

ban any and all entities that have ever said negative things about White Christians, or their ancestors, or their history and heritage.

And of course punishments will have to be MUCH MUCH more severe for anyone who ever went to some sort of riot or protest holding a "Kill Whitey" or "We will replace you" sign.

Gonna be a complete bloodbath..

Blogger thechortling March 02, 2021 1:17 PM  

...Although I can't help but notice none of these are among the bestsellers...

maybe another example of attempt to appease, to apologize and to lose a battle thinking the Orcs will withdraw without full surrender. Blood must flow and the orcs will likely feast on flesh rather than being beaten back and crushed.

Blogger Gary Hoenig March 02, 2021 1:18 PM  

since the author was an avowed socialist from Massachusetts who wrote his stories to challenge kids to be non-conforming, i cant say i care that they are doing this to his works... let them all consume each other

Blogger Gon Freecs March 02, 2021 1:22 PM  

I look forward to the retitlings:
Hop on Mom who Identifies as Pop
Green Eggs and Unclean Ham
Horton Hears an Anti-Semite
and Oh the Places you Won’t Go (without a vaccine),

Blogger Doktor Jeep March 02, 2021 1:24 PM  

Guess we have to build our own.
Maybe /pol can come up with a better version and call it "Norton Hears a Literally F**king Who"

Blogger RobertDWood March 02, 2021 1:30 PM  

Will Castilla house put an option out for these national treasures?

Blogger Feather Blade March 02, 2021 1:30 PM  

Ah... they are trying to boost sales of those books by banning them.

The marketing monkeys are catching on.

I hope it backfires on them.

Blogger Servant March 02, 2021 1:32 PM  

Would you recommend trusting a son or just making it open domain posthumously? Maybe a single generation?

Blogger Skyler the Weird March 02, 2021 1:37 PM  

C'mon Snidely. Horton is as African as Corn Pop. It's him vs those White Supremacist Kangaroos from OZ.

Blogger wahr01 March 02, 2021 1:37 PM  

Copies of the books listed are insanely priced.

For those looking for less reputable means, most of the listed titles are common on *cough* alternative sources.

Good luck getting hold of Cat's Quizzer without several hundred smackers though.

Blogger Servant March 02, 2021 1:39 PM  

Also just some suggestions for new woke titles for their inevitable rewrites:

Mealworm eggs and ham
To think I saw a pride parade on mulberry street
Horton heard a who but needed to finish his degree
Hop on corn pop
One fish, two fish, unlimited genders

Blogger Lando March 02, 2021 1:40 PM  

It's a War on everything that the West stood for. Theodore Guisel is just the latest addition to the cancel list. I remember my mother didn't like Dr. Seuss because he was a "Communist". I don't know the veracity of that claim, becasue his content was always off-putting and bizarre and under my intellectual level at the time I would have been reading his stuff.

I was reading and learning about dinosaurs at that age, to the degree it pissed me off that scientists were saying 'birds were dinosaurs' circa 1970s e.g. Archaeopteryx and I had to research the claim on my own.

Also the kiddie fare at the time was devoid of logic to me. However, "A Story About Ping" was interesting though: In China, on the Yangtze River, Ping the duckling doesn't want to get swatted being the last one back. To avoid getting hit with a stick, he wanders away from his houseboat, gets lost, sleeps alone, gets swiped up by a family that imprisons him under a basket until they can gleefully eat him for dinner, is freed by the smallest kid (who found him), so beelines back to the houseboat only to be late again. He bucks up and takes the painful swat with a stick, then settles down with his family in safety and security to go to sleep.

West vs. East. It's all in the subtext.

So far this children's book has fallen under the radar.

Blogger Newscaper312 March 02, 2021 1:45 PM  

Wife's school was full speed ahead w Dr Seuss birthday this week as usual, but this is Alabama.

Blogger Angela March 02, 2021 1:46 PM  

This is why Castalia and Arkhaven will remain superior in every way. Convergence is impossible for those who not only refuse the ticket but build their own platforms.

Blogger Paulito March 02, 2021 1:49 PM  

It's been a while since I read a Dr. Seuss book - remind me, did he advocate for the extinction of the ones with stars upon thars or the ones without stars upon thars?

Blogger Mamabear37 March 02, 2021 1:52 PM  

I'm with Vox- was anybody reading those books anyway? Cut their losses, placate the "you're a racist" mob, and continue on their path of complete convergence, right? I was thinking there would be more significant carnage. I'm also thinking this is going to boost revenue for Dr. Seuss books when people try to grabble up all the remaining copies of the banned albeit obscure books.

Blogger Karen took the Kids March 02, 2021 1:58 PM  

"Pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss." -President Barack Obama

Blogger VFM 4388 March 02, 2021 2:00 PM  

The only surprise is that they didn't include Horton Hears A Who.

Horton Hears a Who is about how the Japanese are totes human, and the every time anyone considered applying it to unborn children, Dr. Seuss would lob a lawyer through the offender's window.

Blogger Azimus March 02, 2021 2:03 PM  

Ah I see they updated the racism definition to Current Year 1.0...

I wonder when the definition of racism will include the n-word? That seems a bit more racist...

Blogger Ken Prescott March 02, 2021 2:10 PM  

Tired: Horton Hears a Who
Wired: Horton Hires a Ho

Blogger M In The 517 March 02, 2021 2:14 PM  

Also stunning and brave:

https://daily.jstor.org/the-anti-jewish-tropes-in-how-the-grinch-stole-christmas/

Blogger buzzardist March 02, 2021 2:48 PM  

While watching converged SJWs implode on themselves is entertaining, I can't shed too many tears about (((Dr. Seuss))) being cancelled. I mean, take a look at his most famous book, The Cat in the Hat:

Two children are home alone on a rainy day. Where is the father? Unknown...absent. No mention is ever made of him. Where is the mother? Out...somewhere...in a red dress. What happens? A stranger knocks on the door and invites himself in. He wants to play with the children and shows them a few tricks. That little voice of conscience, the fish, that tells the kids this is a bad idea? Just a wet blanket who ought to be ignored. Then the stranger brings out "Thing One and Thing Two," and they turn the kids' erstwhile safe home into mad chaos. Where do they rush off to straight away? Upstairs into mother's bedroom, where they pull out her pink, white, and red nightgown and mess with her bed. But it's all O.K. in the end because the stranger is sad that the kids didn't have fun. Plus, he helps clean up, and the story is all told in cute, rhyming verse.

Oh, and at the end, mother walks in, and the kids are debating whether they should tell her what happened, with the strong hint that they probably shouldn't.

In terms of tools to help young kids read, a McGuffey Reader this isn't. The book is a nightmare for any sane parent. (((Dr. Seuss))) is practically helping groom young kids for predators. No, of course SJWs are not banning *this* book. Nothing racist about a child predator invading your home, so it's fine to keep on bookshelves.

Blogger Ora Tevzre March 02, 2021 2:51 PM  

Perhaps their next publication will be "Green hair and trans".

Blogger bramley bramley bramley March 02, 2021 2:54 PM  

As long as Richard Scarry survives intact, please just let them leave Busytown be. Surely they can't take issue with a worm driving a car shaped like an apple or cats going fishing...

Oh shit kill me now.

Keep forgetting this nightmare has been going on for a loooong time.

Blogger Tiny Bunch March 02, 2021 3:09 PM  

I looked for some of them on Amazon, Alibris, and eBay. Amazon and Alibris don't have any copies and eBay has copies on sale for enormous prices.

Blogger Nate73 March 02, 2021 3:17 PM  

This puts the nail in my idea that Walt Disney should have just sold off and dismantled his company scorched-earth style to prevent it from being misused after his death. You can't destroy an idea. The most you could do is leave it to your children. I guess that's why Stan Lee got so screwed, he only had one child and that one didn't care about his legacy.

Blogger Wyrd March 02, 2021 3:19 PM  

Horton Hears A Who, Whom?

Blogger Pseudotsuga March 02, 2021 3:22 PM  

Snidely Whiplash wrote:The only surprise is that they didn't include Horton Hears A Who.
Horton is too woke and inclusive for that. After all, a person is a person, no matter how sm-- err, gender identity heshexit or sexuality or perversion the individual claims.

Blogger Rowan March 02, 2021 3:29 PM  

Aaand, predictably, these titles are currently unavailable on Amazon.

The cat in the hat always creeped me out anyway. I never was a Seuss fan, but it’s silly, and sick, and ill, to do this in the name of Wokemon.

What will they come for next?

Blogger Avalanche March 02, 2021 3:34 PM  

@5 {your post with an excelent list of things to be banned}

As my dad used to say over a restaurant menu:
"I see nothing here to object to."

Blogger Avalanche March 02, 2021 3:39 PM  

@16 "e.g., Archaeopteryx and I had to research the claim on my own."

Sorry, sorry, but I'm laughing my brains out at this.... did you give the Archeopteryx a publishing credit, or just a footnote? I s'pose he (he?) wasn't much help in the stacks or the lab, but maybe he had some more personal pre-historical knowledge?

Thanks, I really need a great laugh as the world falls to hell around us! Quite a happy visualization!

Blogger Avalanche March 02, 2021 3:42 PM  

And, being a bit aspbergery, I just have to add: "Dr Seuss" was always baffled, he reported in an interview, that somehow his nom de plume ended up being pronounce sue-ce; when he INTENDED it to be soi-ce.

Blogger GregMan March 02, 2021 3:44 PM  

"And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street".

Saw what, a black person?

Blogger American Nationalist March 02, 2021 3:46 PM  

I would love it if the Asians started raising a fuss about his anti-Japanese war propaganda.

Blogger Azimus March 02, 2021 3:47 PM  

Why not just write your own children's books? Oh thats right cuz no one cares about your sh*t and all this Dr Seuss thing, or Gone With the Wind thing, or Eyes on Texas thing has ever been about is just shutting you up so you will go away.

Blogger Avalanche March 02, 2021 3:48 PM  

@20 "was anybody reading those books anyway?"

Not those specific ones, those that no one except anti-White racists even knew existed -- but for helping young kids to learn to read... Seuss's book were excellent. Like nursery rhymes' so, memorizable' but with word repetition, single letter replacements, and 'teletubbie'-like simplicity.

How many here can repeat chunks of One Fish, Two Fish, or my fav, Green Eggs and Ham (Sam I am) or Go Dog Go!? Or remember Thing One and Thing Two? I even named my multi-colored external hard drives Red Fish, Blue Fish, Thing One and Thing Two. (The black one became Zorro.)

Don't remember any "plots"; commie or otherwise though.

Blogger SirHamster March 02, 2021 3:54 PM  

Nate73 wrote:This puts the nail in my idea that Walt Disney should have just sold off and dismantled his company scorched-earth style to prevent it from being misused after his death. You can't destroy an idea.

Would letting works go into public domain as originally intended prevent this sort of gatekeeping/convergence?

Though if I understand correctly, trademark protection of characters is indefinite.

Blogger stevo March 02, 2021 4:04 PM  

One pill, two pill, red pill, blue pill.

Blogger Bernard Korzeniewicz March 02, 2021 4:06 PM  

To rise morale, from Poland:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmOG8ptZjXI

Blogger OvergrownHobbit March 02, 2021 4:11 PM  

Although I can't help but notice none of these are among the bestsellers....

Every DIE / anti-racist //pogrom// program I've ever been close enough to to watch unfurl has been a complete whitewash. Even by the minimal wokerati standard of "representation" (despite what faces you see in the picture books), the only group that improves its numbers are upper middle class white lesbians.(aka AWFLs)

The non-awfls are starting to notice (Karen memes) and good luck stopping that.

As the change in U.S. demographics by age and nationality accelerate, I expect to see a three-way (at least) civil war.

Blogger pyrrhus March 02, 2021 4:17 PM  

Bartholomew and the Oobleck, showing a distrust in government, and the Butter Battle Book, a profound distrust of the military and Deep State, should definitely have been banned....

Blogger DBCrader March 02, 2021 4:46 PM  

And notice, once again, how they fail to provide any examples of exactly what they find so offensive... As always, so-called liberals are long on accusations and short on specifics!!!

Blogger pyrrhus March 02, 2021 4:54 PM  

Dr. Seuss was a liberal, old fashioned variety, so of course he wasn't worried about liberals taking over his legacy....they never learn.

Blogger pyrrhus March 02, 2021 5:02 PM  

In his later years, Geisel and his wife lived in La Jolla, so we saw them on the plane a couple of times on our trips to San Diego...They were getting seriously plowed both times, so I guess they enjoyed life to the end...

Blogger Doom March 02, 2021 5:41 PM  

I do suspect that much of the cancelation has to do with forcing new materials. How much of it has anything honestly to do with sjwism? Probably none. Big money doesn't work that way. It will use any and all excuses, including bogus lawsuits they probably sponsor by vegan groups against a hamburger joint so it can use cheaper oil. It has nothing to do with pleasing dimwits, just using them.

This is just a way to get worthless modern authors a place in the lineup. Not that Dr. Seuss was... much more than modernist garble anyway... if mostly harmless even so. It's actually too bad they weren't racist. We might not be this far along.

I'm not sure if they are trying to recreate actual racism? It's either that or to destroy whites utterly. I'm not even sure they care, as long as one or the other happens? I can't tell, all I know is... these things work themselves out. I'm not worried. Are you?

Blogger Scientific Manager March 02, 2021 6:02 PM  

Green Eggs and Spam.
Fox in Cellblox.
Cat in the Phat.
One Fish Two Fish Blood Fish Crip Fish.
The Snitches.

Blogger Shane Bradman March 02, 2021 6:07 PM  

When the time comes that the Tolkien estate is converged, I've got everything so we could start underground publishing on everything deemed uncouth by Satanists.

Blogger JovianStorm March 02, 2021 6:08 PM  

What is the point of leaving a legacy if it's going to be ruined by lefty idiots?

Were told to have 50 kids each to leave a legacy for the future but , with the exception of Christopher Tolkein, how many famous achievers had kids who went to on to achieve as much as their sires? How many just gave up and became mediocre or took the ticket?

It's not enough to have a legacy... It has to be protected.

Blogger dweeb March 02, 2021 6:26 PM  

Just did a Google Shopping search on the listed titles that my son doesn't have. Cheapest print copy of "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" I could find was $54. Any way Castalia could license these six books for a limited print run?

Blogger Bilroy March 02, 2021 6:44 PM  

Exactly how i felt when I recently read this book. Creepy.

Blogger ErictheRed March 02, 2021 6:48 PM  

Geisel was your standard liberal Democrat. While I don’t like Cancel Culture, part of me wonders whether I should even care. It’s Left eating their own.

Blogger Joseph Dooley March 02, 2021 7:00 PM  

The real prize for the woke book burners is 'Huckleberry Finn.' I think it will suffer a similar fate.

Blogger Lando March 02, 2021 7:07 PM  

@35

Glad your laughing. However, research for me was reading more books on the subject which I asked for. Unfortunately, the only books on the subject at my reading level were the "Charlie Brown 'Cyclopedia", which did help, but not much.

It is Volume 3 of the aforementioned collection, copyright 1st printing, 1979.

Also explains my career(s) in research and information, which is what led me here about 12 or so years ago. Incidentally why my earning percentage is (I'm betting) greater than yours. Takeaway? Pick battles great enough to matter by small enough to to win.

Blogger Taqiyyotomist March 02, 2021 7:34 PM  

Horton Hears The Hu.

Yeah, I'd buy that.

Blogger Ken Prescott March 02, 2021 7:51 PM  

The reworked version will be titled Sneetches Get Steetches

Blogger Canada78Bear March 02, 2021 8:57 PM  

They sacrificed the books most have never heard of or get recommendations for to appease the SJWs.

But I look forward to the SJWs pushing for more. They need to cancel that TV series on Netflix that Elen Degenerate backed for green eggs and ham.

Blogger BeatYourHeadIn March 02, 2021 11:23 PM  

"Six popular Dr. Seuss books...will stop being published," and "the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said," in the SAME sentence!?

Doublethink gymnastics gold medal candidate. Children of the Lie in plain sight.

Blogger Gen. Kong March 03, 2021 12:28 AM  

Would letting works go into public domain as originally intended prevent this sort of gatekeeping/convergence?

Though if I understand correctly, trademark protection of characters is indefinite.


Not entirely. The church of woke is working on canceling Beethoven, but the Asians (where most of his audience is now arguably located) aren't paying any attention the squawks of the baizuo and his music is still played even in shitholes like USSA. You're correct about trademarks to a point. They last as long as they are in use. The IP lawyer's saying is that trademarks are forever (like diamonds).

Blogger Dan Weston March 03, 2021 12:11 PM  

Token sacrifice in an attempt to appease. Big mistake! "An appeaser is one who hopes to be eaten last."

Blogger Nux March 03, 2021 12:27 PM  

give me a fucking break. Seuss was a rapid supporter of FDR and a New Deal Democrat. Several of his books are clear parables with a SJW bent, i.e. The Lorax and the environment or The Sneetches as a racial tolerance fable. If he was alive and working today you would denounce him as a SJW.

PZ. Biden is going to be president at the end of tomorrow. because there was no fraud. Q is a damn liar.

Blogger SirHamster March 03, 2021 1:36 PM  

Dan Weston wrote:"An appeaser is one who hopes to be eaten last."
The one who fearfully cringes in hopes of being eaten last is a good candidate to be eaten now.

Be the hard out.

Blogger DeGrandbear March 03, 2021 4:01 PM  

The race card is played on these books to keep people from buying them all. Including You’re only old once and the places you’ll go. Big time truth drops in both.

Blogger MrNiceguy March 03, 2021 10:38 PM  

Trademark lasts forever if it's owner is still using it. As a famous example, DC Comics first created a character named Captain Marvel. But they let the character go unused long enough that the trademark lapsed and Marvel Comics published their own Captain Marvel.

Blogger Huckleberry Handford March 04, 2021 1:13 AM  

I wonder if there has been a successful case of a writer handing off his legacy to someone that wasn't in the family.

Blogger Evi L. Bloggerlady March 05, 2021 6:10 PM  

The Theodor Geisel heirs are laughing all the way to the bank: Sales skyrocketed on all their other books, because of the fear of cancel culture reaching them too.

Blogger Vanners March 09, 2021 11:46 AM  

It was all a ploy to boost sales of Seuss' other books. Sacrifice a few dead books for the implied threat that the others may be removed from print and watch the panic buying.

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