When you’re so bad at news you actually only report it on accident.— TheBadNewsB (@TheBadNewsB) March 3, 2021
Dr. Seuss Enterprises will cease publishing six of the author's books — including And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo — saying they "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong." The books have been criticized for how they depict Asian and Black people.The decision to stop publishing and licensing the books follows a review by a panel of educators and other experts, according to Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that controls the author's books and characters. The other four titles that will be permanently shelved are McElligot's Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super! and The Cat's Quizzer.The company says the decision was made last year, in an effort to support "all children and families with messages of hope, inspiration, inclusion, and friendship."First published in 1937, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street is the book that propelled Theodor Seuss Geisel's career to new heights . . . [O]ver the years, critics and readers have struggled to reconcile the open-hearted and clever tone of it and other Seuss classics with the small-minded caricatures of minorities they also contain.As NPR's Code Switch team has reported:"In And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, for example, a character described as Chinese has two lines for eyes, carries chopsticks and a bowl of rice, and wears traditional Japanese-style shoes. In If I Ran the Zoo, two men said to be from Africa are shown shirtless, shoeless and wearing grass skirts as they carry an exotic animal. Outside of his books, the author's personal legacy has come into question, too — Seuss wrote an entire minstrel show in high school and performed as the main character in full blackface." . . ."Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises's catalog represents and supports all communities and families," the company says.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises did not specify which illustrations were offensive, but four of the titles contain cartoon depictions of Asian people, while three contain stereotypical portrayals of Inuit.If I Ran the Zoo features a young boy imagining a hunting expedition to the fictional land of Zomba-ma-tant where locals "wear their eyes at a slant." Other pages also show the "African island of Yerka," featuring squat African tribesmen with large hoops through their noses.And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street has its young protagonist imagining an increasingly fanciful street parade that includes "a Chinaman who eats with sticks," a "Rajah, with rubies" and two fur-clad figures being pulled by a reindeer. . . .McElligot's Pool follows a boy imagining the far-out things he'll catch while fishing in a stagnant pond, including "Eskimo Fish from beyond Hudson Bay."Scrambled Eggs Super! has its young protagonist boasting about the increasingly rare eggs he would source for breakfast, including that of the Mt. Strookoo Cuckoo, for which he would enlist the help of a beturbaned helper named Ali. The people of the fictional Arctic nation of Fa-Zoal are also shown clad in furs and paddling skin boats in order to harvest eggs from a "Grice."The Cat’s Quizzer, the most recent (and least popular) of the six books appears to have gotten pulled because of a page 11 illustration of a yellow figure in a coolie hat with the caption, "how old do you have to be to be a Japanese?"Of the six, the problematic imagery in On Beyond Zebra! is probably the least obvious. The book catalogues a whimsical set of new letters in the alphabet, and briefly features the "Nazzim of Bazzim," a figure of unspecified nationality riding a camel-like creature called a "Spazzim." . . .Of Geisel’s decades-long portfolio, it's his advertising work and editorial cartoons — drawn in the 1930s and 1940s — that contain the heaviest use of derogatory racial caricatures. One of the more notorious is a series of ads for the insecticide company Flit that features big-lipped Africans riding elephants and living in grass huts.After the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, Geisel published a number of cartoons depicting Japanese people with stereotypically prominent front teeth. One 1942 cartoon even endorses Japanese-American internment by showing Japanese-Americans as disloyal citizens stockpiling explosives and "waiting for the signal from home."Despite this, Geisel could simultaneously take stances against racism and prejudice, even when those concepts were against the mainstream. While an editorial cartoonist for the liberal New York paper PM, Geisel was an early advocate for strong U.S. action against Nazi Germany, and in one cartoon said Americans needed a "good mental insecticide" to clear their minds of "racial prejudice."
i just woke up and my god, they're still at it pic.twitter.com/JDLTB5vZbw— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 3, 2021
The power of distraction. Have they even reported that the FBI hasn't found a single imposter among the Capital Insurrectionists?— Your Canadian GirlFriend (@YourCanadianGF) March 3, 2021
Good grief. You’d think Dr. Seuss wrote a book about Hunter Biden’s laptop... 🙄— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) March 3, 2021
What did the wrestlers all whisper to Jim?— Stitt for Brains will kill us (@cmcfamily) March 3, 2021
What did they whisper to Jim in the Gym?
They told of a sin done to him and to him.
And to him and him and him and to him.
So what did Jim do about the sin in the gym?
Not a DAMN thing because Jim is Jim?
Fox & Friends is about to devote its second segment of the day to Dr. Seuss pic.twitter.com/9dNXBqSZ4B— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 3, 2021
"Buy Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head because it's the end of an era. It is the end of freedom in America" pic.twitter.com/VokzfOj8b6— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) March 3, 2021
I thought the free market capitalists would defend the right of a company to sell whatever products it wants. Does he want more central planning in the toy industry or something?— Comintern (@realComintern) March 3, 2021
*outside a Walmart near you*— Twice-Impeached, One-Term Trumpy (parody) (@outofcontroljb) March 3, 2021
"wE'rE hErE tO bUy uP aLL tHe mR. pOtAtO hEaDs bEfOrE hE gEtS cAnCeLeD!! LeT uS iN noOOoOoWWW!!!" pic.twitter.com/oa56W74cHE
I'll give you my Green Eggs And Ham when you pry it from my cold, dead hands— Pooch🐾Doggie (@pooch_doggie) March 3, 2021
I doubt they've even mentioned it's the estate that decided it - a far as they're concerned it's Joe Biden.— Doug (@Dougwhelan) March 3, 2021
We’re going to need a National Dr. Seuss Investigative Commission to iron this all out https://t.co/yBnQmnhT10— George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 3, 2021
Fox News is about to do another Dr. Seuss segment pic.twitter.com/X8IxbVsbOJ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 3, 2021
move over, Watergate pic.twitter.com/8NDhHd2wXR— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 3, 2021
you've got to be kidding me pic.twitter.com/T4pd6sYwqy— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 3, 2021
Yeah, the contrast in new coverage yesterday was almost comical: pic.twitter.com/tnuxcfeGsN— DougZ (@Doug_Zbi) March 3, 2021
Fox News, which today was too busy covering Dr. Seuss news to live-televise Wray's debunkings, has been a big part of the spread of this lie. But the problem is way bigger than Fox:https://t.co/I7sDe7HpSt pic.twitter.com/iAB6qa1G5e— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 3, 2021
Wrote about the pervasiveness of Republican belief in the Antifa-Capitol lie, the long list of prominent people who spread it, how this is part of a pattern, and why the problem is not just the Fox-and-co. lie supply but demand for these kinds of lies: https://t.co/I7sDe7HpSt— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 3, 2021
By this logic let's repeal seat belt laws and drunk driving laws and, while we're at it, all traffic laws--because, hey, individuals should assess their own risk tolerance. https://t.co/fixeIFcA9N— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) March 3, 2021
Stephen Miller is on Fox claiming that undocumented immigrants are posing as teens to gain access to high schools and endanger American children. pic.twitter.com/bxIEsPhsw0— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) March 3, 2021
She isn’t really back until she starts waving paper... https://t.co/1ccRKEFyFP— YS (@NYinLA2121) March 3, 2021
NEWS: As top WH physician, @RonnyJacksonTX made "sexual & denigrating" comments about a female subordinate, violated alcohol policy on POTUS trips & took sleeping meds prompting concerns about his ability to provide care, per DoD IG.— Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) March 3, 2021
w/ @mkraju @barbarastarrcnn & @OrenCNN