Dr. Suess book sales soar, after 6 titles cancelled for racist imagery.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced this past Tuesday that Six 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.
“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises released a statement that coincided with 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,” it said.
The other books being cancelled are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.” The decision to cease publication and sales of these books was made last year after months of internal discussion.
“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” said Dr. Seuss Enterprises.
Why are these Dr. Seuss books being singled out?
In “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” an Asian person is portrayed wearing a conical hat, holding chopsticks, and eating from a bowl.
“If I Ran the Zoo” includes a drawing of two bare-footed African men wearing what appear to be grass skirts with their hair tied above their heads.
“The Cat in the Hat,” one of Seuss’ most popular books, has received similar criticism, but will continue to be published for now.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises stated, “we are committed to listening and learning, and will continue to review our entire portfolio.”
The fact that Dr. Seuss Enterprises is continuing to publish its most popular; top selling book, despite it coming under similar criticism says something. It strongly implies that their dedication to cancelling Dr. Seuss only goes so far, and that it cannot interfere with the bottom line.
Social Media Reacts to the cancelling of these 6 Dr. Seuss Books
The move to cease publication of the books drew immediate reaction on social media, from both sides of the debate. Many are calling it the latest example of “cancel culture.”
Conservative Author Ben Shapiro tweeted, “We’ve now got foundations book burning the authors to whom they are dedicated. Well done, everyone.”
Brigitte Gabriel tweeted, “President Trump took down ISIS. Joe Biden took down Dr. Seuss.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted: Michelle Obama read Dr. Seuss to children at the white house. I don’t want to live in a world too woke for Michelle Obama.”
Since Tuesday, sales of these 6 cancelled Dr. Seuss books have skyrocketed to unbelievable heights.
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