Cover your ears, Danes are talking.
When Danes fill out their tax forms they are filling out Skat forms. Skat is Danish for tax. It sounds like an English word that can mean poop. So if you call someone a Skat collector you have said something derogatory and offensive.
Dr Seuss used the word spaz to indicate one of the letters beyond ‘z’ a decade before hyper-sensitive Americans took offense to it. But the delicate ears of delicate Americans burn over words that sound like other words. Therefore books must be banned and free trade interfered with in an effort to impose political correctness on a recalcitrant society. A society that grows angrier at such nonsense every year.
If a company decides to stop publishing a book that has nothing to do with other people selling them to each other. People I know say there is nothing offensive in “On Beyond Zebra”. Its about finding letters beyond the letter ‘z’.
Ebay and B&N are just part of “we shall decide your morals” belief system that gives big tech power.
An article on the subject:
On Beyond Zebra!’ is one of the titles being discontinued.
PHOTO: SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGESBy Jeffrey A. TrachtenbergUpdated March 4, 2021 6:11 pm ET
Online marketplace eBay Inc. said it is working to prevent the resale of six Dr. Seuss books that were pulled earlier this week by the company in charge of the late author’s works because they contain offensive imagery.
“EBay is currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items,” a spokeswoman for the company said in an email. New copies of the six books were no longer for sale online at major retailers such as Barnes & Noble on Thursday afternoon, which put eBay among the most prominent platforms for the books to be sold.
Hundreds of listings for the six books could be found on the platform as of Thursday morning, though the number appeared to be lower than it was on Wednesday evening. The eBay spokeswoman said that it would take some time to review seller listings and that the company was monitoring newly published listings.
Retailers frequently make decisions to remove products from their platforms for a variety of reasons. The move made by eBay comes at a time when there is rising concern, especially in conservative quarters, about how major tech platforms decide which content is acceptable. At the same time, others contend the platforms aren’t doing enough to police inappropriate content.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP, which oversees Dr. Seuss’s publishing interests and ancillary areas, Tuesday said it had decided that six of the famed author’s 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”—would no longer be published because they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”
Publishers and Hollywood have portrayed religious people for decades in ways that are hurtful and wrong. So what?
But who appointed tech platforms as the judge of what is hurtful? It looks like it is self appointment.
But given that they have chosen to be the arbiter of truth, can we ask a question about harm?
Has anyone thought about maybe the tech platforms are actually harming people? How? By enabling derangement of citizens in the efforts to teach everyone to be intolerant of everyone and everything they dislike or disagree with. Is that hurtful? Is that wrong? Who does it hurt?
Well, it seems like it hurts the person who is taught to be intolerant. And hurts his victim. – the one who is not tolerated. This movement of intolerance is part of a growing American zeitgeist of intolerance.
Christians would say it is the opposite of love. It creates a form of second class citizenship for those who are not tolerated. It creates tension between groups. And injustices. Love would not feed that. Are large groups of people actually learning to be nicer to others?
And this is why some object to political correctness. It doesn’t cause anybody to become nicer to others.