So I was reading GalleyCat last week and noticed this tidbit:
A Canadian parent filed a complaint to the Toronto library last year, asking to ban Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book Hop on Pop because it “encourages children to use violence against their fathers.” The complaint was revealed this week when the Toronto Library released its Materials Review Committee report for 2013.
The person suggested that the library remove the book from the library’s collection and “issue an apology to fathers in the GTA and pay for damages resulting from the book.”
The committee rejected the complaint and retained the book in the children’s book finding that ”the book is a humorous and well-loved children’s book” and has maintained its popularity since it was published in 1963. The committee also pointed out that, “the children are actually told not to hop on pop.” (Via TIME).
After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I laughed. My first thought? Idiot. Yep, let’s go ban Dr. Seuss because he condones violence against parents.
Banned Books Week isn’t until September, but I think censorship is an important issue year-round. I am a staunch advocate of the First Amendment, but I come at this issue from a slightly different angle.