Online retailer eBay has announced that it will no longer allow owners of the six Dr. Seuss books eliminated this week from Theodore Geisel’s published children books to sell the books online in its auction platform.
Citing its offensive materials policy, eBay Corporate Communications Specialist Parmita Choudhury explained, “At eBay, we have a strict policy against hate and discrimination to ensure our platform remains a safe, trusted and inclusive environment for our global community of buyers and sellers.We’re currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items. It can take some time to review all existing listings and provide education to impacted users. We’re also monitoring the newly published list to be reviewed.”
First they came for Yertle the Turtle….
The policy being risibly cited to justify this purge of harmless children’s books that have amused children of all races and ethnicities while teaching them to read is “Listings that promote or glorify hatred, violence, or discrimination aren’t allowed.”
I defy anyone to demonstrate how the six banned books–“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”—promote or glorify hatred, violence, or discrimination.
I don’t care a bit about Dr. Seuss. My son learned to read just fine without any of those books, and the rest of Geisel’s work as well. I do care a great deal about partisan and ideological attacks on art and expression, the restriction of open access to literature, the chilling of creativity, and political impediments to commerce. I can’t personally do much about eBay joining the Left’s fascists now ascending, except to stop using the platform, and to direct that anyone who believes in core American values to do likewise.
What was once a matter of arguably politically incorrect caricatures of various races and ethnicities in a few Dr. Seuss drawings is now called glorifying–glorifying!–hatred, violence, or discrimination! By this deranged standard, all Warner Bros cartoons have to be banned. Any substantial collections of New Yorker cartoons, Charles Addams cartoons, Playboy cartoons,or classic comic section cartoons: “Lil Abner”? “Little Orphan Annie”? “Dick Tracy”?—they all contain more offensive content by eBay standards than Dr. Seuss. A massive number of Hollywood classics, including “Casablanca,” “The Ten Commandments,” “Ben-Hur,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, the Crosby and Hope Road movies, most of the Tarzan films, “Jurassic Park 2, The Lost World,” virtually every Pacific theater World War II film; “Lawrence of Arabia,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Godfather” films; at least the first two Indiana Jones movies; “Gone With The Wind,” of course; “It’s a Wonderful Life”…on and on. Is it acceptable to promote hatred of Nazis? I don’t see how eBay can can draw that line. So much for “Schindler’s List.”
I haven’t even gotten to the books eBay will have to ban, or the TV series DVDs that eBay won’t be able to sell applying the “Dr. Seuss Standard.” “Laugh-in” won’t make it. Neither will Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.” Forget about “F-Troop,” “Sanford and Son,” or the “Jeffersons.” “The Family Guy” might as well pack it in now.
A commenter on this story’s article on PJ Media nicely encapsulates the ignorance and cretinism of the progressives and Democrats driving this mass erasure of our culture (which included voting into power a woke-obsessed party). His (or her name) is Svoboda, and the comment is signature significance:
imagine being an adult who just wasted 3 days of their life being concerned about Dr Seuss books that they never even heard of in the first place.I think you’re supposed to cry about Mr potato Head and Goya beans next. Because that’s what Republicans are about now. Weird anti-boycotts and an embrace of products that they never even liked in the first place.
This is the typical level of comprehension I see in those watching, shrugging, and even applauding as our individual liberties are stripped away. That’s right, Svoboda, you moron: as long as you haven’t heard of a book that has been banned, there’s nothing to be concerned about.
A perfect denizen of The Great Stupid.