Saturday, October 2, 2010

Banned Book Week

The Huffington Post has an article on "Banned Books Week," the American Library Association's "chance for all of us to celebrate our freedom to read and to bring attention to the harms of censorship."  I might be more impressed with such an event if it weren't for the fact that most of the news that filters down to me indicates that by "free speech," the lefties these days mean the protection and free distribution of pornography and the curtailing of political expression they don't like.

The Huffington Post has a list of graphic novels that have been banned in some places for some reason or other.  Unfortunately, they don't bother to list where they were banned, or by whom, and they give only cursory explanations of why.  Although I myself am not much in favor of censorship (except of pornography), I would be none too pleased to see Fun Home or Watchmen in a grade school library.  Banning isn't all bad.

However, I thought it was weird to see my all-time favorite graphic novel, Bone, on the list of banned books.  The reasons given are "sexually explicit content, offensive language, unsuited to age group, and drugs."  Huh.  I don't remember any sexually explicit content or drugs in Bone, and the language was minimal.  "Unsuited to age group" could mean just about anything, I suppose, and that's why this article at the Post is inadequate.

Also, Maus is supposedly "anti-ethnic."  Somebody please tell me how that makes sense.
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