This is effing madness. Shame, shame, shame on eBay for this.
By Connor McNulty for Townhall
It looks as if beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss is being forced to follow in the cancel culture footsteps of Aunt Jemima, Mr. Potato Head, Alyssa Milano, and countless others.
Following the Dr. Seuss Foundation’s announcement earlier this week that it will no longer publish six of its namesake’s classic works, the digital marketplace eBay has begun to purge its platform of what it now labels “offensive material.”
In a screenshot posted by Twitter user Adam Townsend, eBay made clear its stance.
“Dr. Seuss enterprises has stopped publication of this book, due to its negative portrayal of some ethnicities, as a courtesy. We have ended your item and refunded your selling fees. And as long as you do not relist the item. There will be no negative impacts to your account.”
While this decision could very well be a genuine, albeit misguided, attempt to reduce the spread of hurtful and “offensive materials,” it’s likely not. As Twitter user Clare Ath points out:
“You can’t make this stuff up. @eBay is blocking my listing of @DrSeuss’s ‘The Cat’s Quizzer’ & citing it as offensive material. Yet anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan’s books are okay? #cancelcancelculture.”
And Farrakhan is far from the worst offender whose work continues to remain alive on eBay, where it can be bought, sold and generally amplified.
Adolf Hitler’s autobiographical manifesto Mein Kampf, in which he “explained his racist, anti-Semitic vision for Germany, laying out a Nazi program pointing directly to World War II and the Holocaust,” remains purchasable.
As well as other clearly “offensive materials,” such as the fabricated anti-Semitic pamphlet “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” or Margaret Sanger’s 1922 work detailing her theories of eugenics and racial purity, “The Pivot of Civilization.”
The works of Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Suess Geisel, have been translated into more than 20 languages and are enjoyed by children and adults throughout the world. However, in recent years various school districts around the country have attempted to limit their students’ exposure to the books in the name of diversity.
This effort came to a head in late-February, when officials from Virginia’s Louden County dropped the Dr. Seuss collection from their “Read Across America” event, citing “strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss.”
The Dr. Seuss Foundation, in a move demonstrative of our current society, responded by preemptively offering up six books as a sacrifice to the woke crowd it imagined was forming just out of sight.
And now, just on schedule, the cancel culture train continues forward with Dr. Seuss’s removal from eBay, the latest stop on the route.
eBay bans listings of some used Dr. Seuss books
By Christina Maas for Reclaim the Net
eBay is facing backlash after removing listings of used copies of the six Dr. Seuss children books that will no longer be published because they are considered “insensitive.”
Two days ago, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company responsible for reprinting his books, announced that it would stop reprinting six books because they contain racial stereotypes. The six books are: The Cat’s Quizzer, If I Ran a Zoo, McElligot’s Zoo, Scrambled Eggs Super!, And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street, and On Beyond Zebra.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ announcement was met with criticism, with people calling it another example of cancel culture.
Realizing that the six books would soon become rare, people who own the books started listing them for sale on eBay at exorbitant prices. The price of a Copy of “If I Ran the Zoo” went as high as $510 after 54 bids.
However, on Thursday, eBay began removing listings of the books. An email to sellers claimed that the listings were removed for violating the online store’s “Offensive material policy.”
eBay’s move was met with heavy criticism on social media. The online store is being accused of censorship, tech book burning, and virtue signaling.
“You can’t make this stuff up. @eBay is blocking my listings of @DrSeuss’s “The Cat’s Quizzer” & citing it as offensive material. Yet anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan’s books are okay? #cancelcancelculture.” one angry Twitter user wrote.
“You can buy Mein Kampf on eBay easy, but you can’t buy Dr. Seuss books,” another Twitter user wrote. “Virtue signaling tires me out dude.”
People angry at the cancellation of the book also pointed out that President Biden did not mention Dr Seuss on Read Across America Day, which is held annually on the deceased author’s birthday. Former presidents, including Obama and Trump, recognized Theodor Seuss Giesel’s contribution in the children’s books in their proclamations every year.
“[Dr Seuss’] tales challenge dictators and discrimination. They call us to open our minds, to take responsibility for ourselves and our planet,” Obama said in his Read Across America Day proclamation in 2014.
In Trump’s proclamation in 2018, he encouraged Americans to “always remember the still-vibrant words of Dr. Seuss: ‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
The White House is yet to explain why Biden left out Dr. Seuss in his proclamation on Read Across America Day.