The New York Times has a story about a publishing company that “aims to make challenging adult literary classics accessible to very young readers.” How? By editing out material deemed inappropriate:
Now your six-year-old can read “To Kill a Mockingbird” (minus the rape charges, Ku Klux Klan rallies & racial slurs) https://t.co/oXDj2xtnrg
— NYT Business (@nytimesbusiness) December 24, 2016
So in other words:
To [REDACTED] a [REDACTED]bird https://t.co/pOoFZLaWeY
— neontaster (@neontaster) December 24, 2016
Ugh. Political correctness run amok.
Wouldn’t it be a better idea for them to just read the actual story uncut once they’re old enough to process it? https://t.co/yIyHHRmDA4
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) December 24, 2016
Or you could wait a few years and actually expose them to the real ugliness of history and brutishness of life on Earth? You pick. https://t.co/g3GEpnbA0E
— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) December 24, 2016
I mean, that's some straight-up ORWELL shit.
Holy shit. https://t.co/U6BB84H3Ff
— Daddy Warpig (@Daddy_Warpig) December 24, 2016
@nytimesbusiness There are outstanding kids' books that encourage a love of reading.
This is ruining classics so parents can be smug jerks.
— Maegen Blue (@SoundsFunMom) December 24, 2016
The idea behind these books is absurd, btw. They're not "reading Hemingway" in any meaningful sense. @nytimesbusiness
— Smoove Like Biden (@trueholygoat) December 24, 2016
@nytimesbusiness So it's a story about a little girl whose daddy is a lawyer in which nothing happens?
— (((Charlie Martin))) (@chasrmartin) December 24, 2016
Vandalism. Ugh. https://t.co/z3mPF8RrLu
— Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) December 24, 2016
@nytimesbusiness absolutely disgusting, when I was young we accused the Soviets of this kind of censorship
— out of tea (@furryofuranus) December 24, 2016
That's the whole fucking point of the book. https://t.co/LiZN6O0NYB
— Axl (@thot_crime) December 24, 2016
So…it defeats the purpose of the classic story.
BRAVO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS BRAVO! https://t.co/6ro6B6b6rf
— Autovolt (@AutovoltSupreme) December 24, 2016