Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anne Tyler, known for her books Breathing Lessons and A Spool of Blue Thread, recently chastised cancel culture, as well as the idea of cultural appropriation.
Tyler, who gave an interview to The Sunday Times to promote his 24th novel, French Braid, apparently doesn’t like the term cancel culture. Nevertheless, she expressed her thoughts very clearly on the subject.
“I’m amazed by the question of ownership,” she said. “It would be very stupid for me to write, say, a novel from a black man’s perspective, but I think I should be allowed to.”
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She also clarified that it’s not just about race, it’s also about gender. Sunday Times reporter Lexey Swall asked her “if anyone suggested she shouldn’t have a male lead character, like in The Accidental TouristOne of his much-loved books (which became a Hollywood movie, starring the late William Hurt).
Tyler replied, “No, but I expect that to happen any day now.”
Not only did she reject the idea that a white woman shouldn’t be allowed to write from a black man’s perspective, but she also expressed her thoughts on publishers unpublishing books because of the behavior of ‘A novelist.
She in particular references novels written by people in the 30s and 40s saying, “If an incredibly talented person wrote novels in the 1930s or 40s and all of a sudden you find out there was something he said or did – even something as bad as sexual harassment – he should be condemned for it. »
However, she added, “But I don’t see why you should take her novels out of publication. »
She further elaborated on her view, extending the discussion to painting, “We couldn’t look at Gauguin’s paintings, could we? They should be destroyed or set aside.”
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In fact, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that manages the works of prolific children’s author, has indeed shelved and ceased publication of a number of Dr. Seuss’ books.
The company announced on March 2, 2021 that it would stop publishing And say I saw it on Mulberry Street, If I ran the zoo, McElligot’s swimming pool, On Beyond the Zebra!, Great scrambled eggs!and The cat quiz.
In a statement, they explained: “Today, on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Dr. Seuss’ companies celebrate reading as well as our mission to support all children and families with messages of hope, inspiration, inclusion and friendship.”
“We are committed to action,” the company said. “To that end, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, together with a panel of experts, including educators, reviewed our catalog of titles and made the decision last year to cease publishing and licensing the following titles: And say I saw it on Mulberry Street, If I ran the zoo, McElligot’s swimming pool, On Beyond the Zebra!, Great scrambled eggs!and The cat quiz. These books portray people in hurtful and wrong ways.
“Stopping sales of these books is just part of our commitment and broader plan to ensure the Dr. Seuss Enterprises catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” the statement concludes.
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It’s not just older publications like Dr. Seuss, Harry Potter author JK Rowling had his books removed from an Australian bookstore claiming they “harm communities” and accused Rowling of to be a transphobe.
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Children’s author Gillian Philip would actually be fired from her Work Publisher Partners for their support of Rowling.
According to the Daily Mail, Labor Partners Managing Editor James Noble announced that Philip had been sacked telling the publication, “The worlds created by Erin Hunter are meant to be included for all readers and we want you to know that Gillian Philip will no longer be writing Erin Hunter novels.”
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Scholastic alongside author Dav Pilkey would engage in self-cancellation as the two agreed to stop publishing Dav Pilkey’s 2010 book The Adventures of Ook and Glu, saying the book “continues the passive racism”.
Scholastic announced last March: “On Monday, March 22, 2021, with the full support of Dav Pilkey, Scholastic has discontinued distribution of the 2010 book The adventures of Ook and Gluk. Together, we recognize that this book perpetuates passive racism. We are deeply sorry for this serious mistake.”
The company added: “Scholastic has removed the book from our websites, stopped fulfilling all orders (domestic or overseas), contacted our retail partners to explain why this book is no longer available and requested a return of all inventory.”
Pilkey would issue his own statement via YouTube.
What do you think of Tyler’s comments about cancel culture and cultural appropriation?
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