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Go Huck yourself

Huckleberry Finn to be republished for kids without the word nigger so that it’s more age appropriate. A better idea would be to, oh I dunno, have them read it when it is age-appropriate?

19 Responses to “Go Huck yourself”

  1. ViolentIndifference Says:

    Please edit your post to remove that offensive word. Also remove the pictures of scary guns from your site. And stop using the letter ‘l’ because it kinda looks like a penis.

  2. Weer'd Beard Says:

    Wow that greatly reduces the text IMHO. One huge take-away from that book was while Huck and Jim were friends, Americans at that time still didn’t see them as 100% human.

    Sugar- coating the past is a very bad move. Next thing they’ll tell us is that Hitler was a Right-wing capitolist.

    Oh…

  3. Joanna Says:

    You know what? I’ve read Huck Finn at least twice in various English classes, and the copies we were issued were all printed this way. It’s nothing new. (Not that I’m happy about it; I’m just aware that this has been going on for a while.)

  4. Aaron Spuler Says:

    They also scrubbed the word ‘injun’ too…

  5. dustydog Says:

    What?! Mozilla didn’t block this SayUncle post? I’m going to sue SayUncle, Firefox, Microsoft, Dell, my antivirus software, Starbucks for providing an internet connection, the city and state.

    Oh right, wait, let me get my kid to look over my shoulder … NOW I’ll sue everybody!

    For ViolentIndifference, the letter “Y” should be banned, because it clearly depicts vaginal penetration. The use of uppercase and lowercase “Y” is to be replaced with “V”.

    Also, the use of uppercase “W” and uppercase “B” are offensive to small chested women. The use of “&” is offensive to large bottomed women. Please replace them with the nondiscriminatory “*”.

    Oh, and don’t get me started on first amendment violations caused by using “+” .

  6. Lance R. Peak Says:

    They alter great literary works while the same children listen to rap music..

  7. Jim S. Says:

    Well maybe they could just change it to “nigga” Because when it doesn’t have the “r” on the end, it is often used as an empowering term. So when he says “Nigga Jim” that just means he is his friend!

    Seriously though, as a historian I think this is an abomination. I think Sam Clemmens is probably turning in his grave.

    I wonder if fifty, sixty, or a hundred years down the road we’ll look at this as the second guilded age? But once we start buggering up our literature, doesn’t it feel like Orwell was right?

  8. BobG Says:

    I read both Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn when I was around 8 or 9 years old, and it didn’t offend me; it wouldn’t have the same effect. Quit castrating literary works just to make them more politically correct to a bunch of thin-skinned assholes.

  9. Tam Says:

    And stop using the letter ‘l’ because it kinda looks like a penis.

    HAH! :D

  10. jason Says:

    Dammit. I just spit coffee all over my keyboard. Thanks ViolentIndifference!

  11. Blake Says:

    Tim to stock up on books.

  12. trackerk Says:

    Niagga please. I’ll start to believe their racial sensitivity when I stop hearing that word coming from the car stereo systems of people of color and every frickin’ black comedian on HBO/Showtime.

  13. mikee Says:

    I wonder what the Bowlderization Committee will do with the Flashman novels, or The Vagina Monologues, or The Bird Cage (play or movie, English or original French version), or all those WWII propaganda films about the Japanese and German opposition forces.

    And let’s not even get started on how this is going to create a black market for the original first publication version! Look at what Lucas did to Star Wars (google “Han shot first!”) and Turner did colorizing almost everything except The Maltese Falcon….

  14. Justthisguy Says:

    Jim S., this is the *gelded* age.

    They’ve done it to “Dambusters”, too, which is one of my favorite movies. Nigger, Guy Gibson’s black Lab, figures prominently in the movie. “Nigger” was the code word to report mission success. At least Nigger’s grave marker at RAF Scampton has his True Name on it.

  15. Kasper Says:

    this might do for Huck Finn sales what Tipper Gore did for music sales back in the 80s…

  16. Standard Mischief Says:

    >this might do for Huck Finn sales what Tipper Gore did for music sales back in the 80s…

    Yea, except for the fact that you can get the original text for free from Project Gutenberg.

  17. Justthisguy Says:

    What Standard said. They also have most of H. Beam Piper’s stuff, too.

  18. comatus Says:

    Kasper, what would “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To” have to do with sales in the 80’s? That was way back in 63.

  19. M4finny Says:

    Fo shizzle my niggity-izzle.

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