The real reason for the Dr. Seuss freakout

C_Clayton_Jones

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‘As social mores and cultural preferences change, companies adjust. They change what they sell, adding or updating products and letting others go. This isn't news -- or at least it wasn't, until American right-wing media outlets became obsessed with so-called "cancel culture."
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No one is canceling Dr. Seuss. On the contrary: he's being well-served.

Still, this decision by the company, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, presumably made rationally and in response to the demands of the free market, has prompted a full-on right-wing freakout. The story got top billing on Fox News and has been burning up right-wing Twitter. It's being jammed into the same lazy narrative that has overtaken the right, where any criticism or change, including from companies refreshing their brands or seeking a more diverse audience, is "cancellation."
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But the American right has become the all-out party of gender and racial grievance, and they are hyper focused on two things: maintaining power, and not actually being held accountable for governing.

That's why they obsess over culture war stories like Dr. Seuss: There's no legislative solution (unless they want to nationalize the children's book industry), so there's no way for the Republican Party to have failed to deliver on a promise; there's only finger-pointing at perceived enemies (liberals, wokes, Democrats), which rallies the troops. What are they being rallied for? They're not quite sure -- but they know who they're against.’


A lazy narrative, indeed; a false, dishonest narrative.
 

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just an update.. Seuss lives on!

"Dr. Seuss Enterprises was founded in 1993 by Audrey Geisel, the widow of Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, to help promote her late husband's work after his 1991 passing. Geisel passed away herself in 2018, so the company no longer has a direct connection to Geisel's estate."

 

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Dr Seuss cancellation is just the latest in a never ending litany of American culture and free expression being sanitized and homogenized to appease the woke. If this trend doesn't annoy you by now then you were a soulless automaton to begin with.
 

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