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Joe Biden Hates Dr. Seuss

Happy Wednesday, dear Kruiser Morning Briefing fans. Many thanks to Stephen Green and Bryan Preston for their guest-editing whilst I was merrily rolling along through my four-day birthday celebration with family and friends. I ate a lot of good food, drank a lot of good booze, and read a really good book. It was an absolutely brilliant staycation but I’m glad to be back here.


As you can see, we’re playing around with some formatting changes. I wanted to shake things up a bit and may soon start introducing some new regular or semi-regular sections. It was either this or rearrange my living room.

One of the things I didn’t do while I was away was go anywhere near the news. As I began tiptoeing around online again I was not surprised to find that the world had gotten even more insane during my brief hiatus. I was also rather dismayed to find that President Asterisk McDrools is still in the White House. A guy can hope.

I fully emerged from my news cocoon on “Read Across America Day,” only to find that the Wokes had come after Dr. Seuss. Matt has a post about Joe Biden not being a fan:

National Reading Month began on Monday, and Tuesday is “Read Across America Day,” which is celebrated on the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to millions of children over many decades as Dr. Seuss.

Unlike past years, Dr. Seuss’s legacy won’t be celebrated so much in 2021. While Joe Biden’s predecessors have all acknowledged Dr. Seuss in their presidential proclamations for Read Across America Day, the current president refused to mention his name.

The problem, apparently, is that some of the Seuss books are RAAAAAAAACIST. So racist, in fact, that the company is helping to cancel itself:


Tyler has more on that:

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press on the anniversary of the author’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.”

Yes, seriously. Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that it would pull six of the iconic children’s author’s books on the author’s birthday.

The titles affected — And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry StreetIf I Ran the ZooMcElligot’s PoolOn Beyond Zebra!Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzler — still appear on Amazon, but the bookseller lists them as “out of print.”

Most forms of entertainment are reflective of the time they were created and there’s a lot of older stuff out there that the woke scolds find problematic because none of them understand context. Disney Plus has been putting warnings on classic movies and cartoons like Dumbo because somebody might have a feeling hurt while watching it. Heck, pretty much everything that was written or filmed before 1965 is probably suspect now. I’m reading a classic sci-fi anthology that’s mostly stuff from the first half of the 20th century and it’s a minefield of words that would be deemed culturally inappropriate now. Does that mean these old stories by luminaries in the genre have no value anymore?


The warnings were an ominous start. Now the scolds are just trying to erase anything they deem troublesome. This slope is just starting to get slippery and it’s only going to get worse.

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