‘Captain Underpants’ spin-off ebook pulled for ‘passive racism’

‘Captain Underpants’ spin-off book pulled for ‘passive racism’

2021-03-29 20:49:51

A graphic novel for kids from the wildly in style Captain Underpants sequence is being pulled from library and bookstore cabinets after its writer mentioned it “perpetuates passive racism.”

The ebook below scrutiny is 2010’s The Adventures of Ook and Gluk by Dav Pilkey, who has apologized, saying it “incorporates dangerous racial stereotypes” and is “flawed and dangerous to my Asian readers.”

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The ebook follows a pair of associates who journey from 500,001 B.C. to 2222, the place they meet a martial arts teacher who teaches them kung fu and so they be taught ideas present in Chinese language philosophy.

Scholastic mentioned it had eliminated the ebook from its web sites, stopped processing orders for it and sought a return of all stock. “We’ll take steps to tell faculties and libraries who should still have this title in circulation of our choice to withdraw it from publication,” the writer mentioned in a press release.

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In a YouTube assertion, Pilkey mentioned he deliberate to donate his advance and all royalties from the ebook’s gross sales to teams devoted to stopping violence in opposition to Asians and to selling variety in kids’s books and publishing.

“I hope that you just, my readers, will forgive me, and be taught from my mistake that even unintentional and passive stereotypes and racism are dangerous to everybody,” he wrote. “I apologize, and I pledge to do higher.”

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The choice comes amid a wave of high-profile and generally lethal violence in opposition to Asian Individuals for the reason that pandemic started.

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Earlier this month, the property of Dr. Seuss mentioned six of his books would not be printed as a result of they contained depictions of teams that had been “hurtful and flawed,” together with Asian Individuals. The transfer drew speedy response on social media from those that known as it one other instance of “cancel tradition.”

Scholastic Canada confirmed Monday that the ebook can even be taken off of cabinets north of the border.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

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