‘Captain Underpants’ spin-off book pulled for ‘passive racism’
A captain underpants spin-off book has been pulled by publisher scholastic over racism concerns. So, just how is Captain Underpants racist? Well, I’ll tell you. Dav pilkey’s 2010 graphic novel ‘the adventures of ook and gluk: kung-fu cavemen from the future’ will no longer be published and all copies in circulation are set to be returned. “on monday, march 22, 2021, with the full support of dav pilkey, scholastic halted distribution of the 2010 book the adventures of ook and gluk,” scholastic said in a statement. “together, we recognize that this book perpetuates passive racism. We are deeply sorry for this serious mistake.
The story follows two time-traveling cavemen who train at master wong’s school of kung fu while they work to clear up scientific facts, usa today also reported.
A graphic novel for children from the wildly popular captain underpants series is being pulled from library and bookstore shelves after its publisher said it “perpetuates passive racism. ”the book under scrutiny is 2010’s the adventures of ook and gluk by dav pilkey, who has apologized, saying it “contains harmful racial stereotypes” and is “wrong and harmful to my asian readers. ”.
American cartoonist dav pilkey, author of the captain underpants children’s novel series, decided to withdraw a 2010 spin-off titled the adventures of ook and gluk that he said perpetuates passive racism, the guardian reported on monday. Scholastic publishing reported it would take the adventures of ook and gluk: kung-fu cavemen from the future off the shelves in a move fully backed by pilkey himself. In the book, two cavemen, one black and the other white, master kung-fu from a chinese master of the martial art.
I have to wonder how learning Kung Fu from a master is racist…? Also, prey-tell, what exactly is “passive racism…” I mean… It is not a racist book because a black guy and a white guy travel together. That little bit is not being lauded though. No, our hyper-reactive liberalist culture is pouncing on the fact that the teacher, mentor, master is Asian and somehow, though super good at what he does and teaches – that somehow is racist. It’s not like anyone else might have been a Kung-Fu master…Geez!
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The book follows about a pair of friends who travel from 500,001 b. C. To 2222, where they meet a martial arts instructor who teaches them kung fu and they learn principles found in chinese philosophy. Pilkey in a youtube statement said he planned to donate his advance and all royalties from the book’s sales to groups dedicated to stopping violence against asians and to promoting diversity in children’s books and publishing.
“together, we recognize that this book perpetuates passive racism. We are deeply sorry for this serious mistake,” the statement read. Scholastic noted that the company has “removed the book from our websites, stopped fulfillment of any orders (domestically or abroad), contacted our retail partners to explain why this book is no longer available, and sought a return of all inventory. “related: six dr. Seuss books to stop being published due to racist imagery that some consider ‘hurtful and wrong’.
‘Captain Underpants’ creator publicly apologizes
Series creator dav pilkey explained the decision to pull the graphic novel in an apology on youtube. The author and illustrator said the book was intended to showcase diversity, equality, and nonviolent conflict resolution, but includes stereotypes and passively racist imagery. “i wanted to take this opportunity to publicly apologize for this,” he wrote.
The adventures of ook and gluck was the second captain underpants spin-off, after the two-volume super diaper baby series, and debuted on the new york times best-seller list , where it remained for many weeks.
“We will take steps to inform schools and libraries who may still have this title in circulation of our decision to withdraw it from publication,” the publisher said in a statement.
Book “Captain Underpants” was never seen or heard from again
Last week, publisher scholastic announced that it would stop distributing the book and remove all mention of it from its website, saying it had “the full support” of pilkey. And so we continue to rewrite history…
The author also said, “but this week it was brought to my attention that this book also contains harmful racial stereotypes and passively racist imagery,” he wrote. Sounds like another bangup job by cancel culture to me.
I have to ask – is it better to have well-known stereotypes than for your culture to fade into oblivion? I mean, it’s not like “rich white male” isn’t a stereotype…Aren’t the cancel culture due to cancel that stereotype soon?