Have you ever gone to a magic show and closely watched the magician while they were doing card tricks? The real trick is in their left hand, but they are distracting you by making you focus on what is in their right hand.
The latest brouhaha to come out of Fox News revolves around the updates made to the Snow White’s Enchanted Wish ride at Disneyland. Their claim, as ridiculous as it sounds, is that cancel culture is again rearing its ugly head. The target of the moment is Snow White.
These people need to get over themselves. Instead of dealing with the real issues like Covid-19, the economy, the still prevalent race issues, etc., they talk about nonsense. Its as if these people purposefully put their heads in the figurative sand. They hear and see what they want to hear and see. If it doesn’t interest them or directly support their point of view, it is wrong or bad somehow.
No wonder this country is going to Hades in a handbasket.
Cancel culture is the rage these days. Depending on who one speaks to, it has either gone too far or not far enough.
The latest target is Pepé Le Pew, the overly romantic French skunk from the Warner Brothers cartoon whose passionate overtures always fail. The claim is that he encourages rape culture by forcing himself on whatever female character is nearby, regardless of whether or not she is looking for love.
I am all for dismantling rape culture. Frankly, it should have been gotten rid of a long time ago.
However, for once, I have to disagree in regards to the cancellation of this particular character. Any adult watching this cartoon knows that it is satire. We all know how it ends. His attempt once again backfires more and it is onto the next potential partner.
From a parental perspective, I understand the concern. If that is the case, it is up to the adults to sit their children down and explain why this behavior is wrong. Cancelling everything that is outdated or disapproved of will not change things. That requires open conversations and the difficult task of taking an honest look at the darker aspects of our collective histories.
For generations, Dr. Seuss has been part of our young reading lives. His wonderful books have sparks imaginations and opened the door to become bibliophiles in our later years.
On Wednesday, it was announced that six of his books would no longer be published due to outdated and racist images.
The list of titles are as follows:
“And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”
“If I Ran the Zoo”
“On Beyond Zebra!”
“Scrambled Eggs Super!”
“The Cat’s Quizzer”
There are two streams of thought about this topic. Some would argue that this is one more example of cancel culture going too far. Others would say that this is progress, making the changes that are necessary to learn from our past mistakes.
My thought that as beloved as these books are, the right decision is to end the printing of new copies. If we want to teach our children to appreciate and respect those who are different from them, it starts with the removal of pictures and other media that perpetuates the stereotypes.