“Racist and Insensitive Imagery” Ceases the Publication of 6 Dr. Seuss Books
The company that preserves and protects the legacy of Dr. Seuss has announced it will stop publishing six Dr. Seuss books because of racist and insensitive imagery. Dr. Seuss Enterprises told Associated Press in a statement “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” “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."
The books flagged by Dr. Seuss Enterprises includes; “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.”
The announcement came on the anniversary of his birth 117 years ago today in Springfield. Born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904. He passed away in 1991 from oral cavity cancer.
The publisher of the Dr. Seuss catalog is Random House. They issued this statement today… “We respect the decision of Dr. Seuss Enterprises and the work of the panel that reviewed this content last year, and their recommendation.”
According to an ABC News report, Dr. Seuss’ sales earned an estimated $33 million before taxes in 2020. Forbes listed him No. 2 on its highest-paid dead celebrities of 2020, behind only the late pop star Michael Jackson.
In 2018, the The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield removed a mural that included an Asian stereotype. There was no statement on today’s Dr. Seuss news on the museum’s website or social media sites.