Still, it's worth noting that the effort to avoid racism does have its own pitfalls. Herge's world was often built on racial stereotypes, but that meant that he had to have lots of exotic folks around. Jews, blacks, Indians, and Asians all featured as bit players and sometimes central figures in Herge's work. In Spielberg's film, on the other hand, they are simply erased, like the blacks in Tintin's American editions.
Sam's ClubpulledThe Brick Bible from shelves, hilariously, because it was a little too faithful to the original source material. Heh. Anyway, obviously, it all came about when some people made the faulty assumption that Legos = Children's Book, and then complained about it when they discovered the sex and violence and whatnot. There also seems to also be some confusion about whether or not Sam's Club (it seems to be a they-said/they-said situation) had a hand in a dozen or so of the original images from the author's website being excised from the print version to begin with...
Ed Champion has an excellent round-up of the ongoing Q.R. Markham plagiarism scandal—AND he's reading the book and posting all of the instances he can find. It's SHOCKINGLY egregious.
Librarian facing disciplinary slapfest after including the Bible in a "Books We'd Like to Burn" promotion. The whole thing is especially laughable as he's already losing his job due to cutbacks. Well, morbidly laughable.
ALSO. Unimpressed with the lack of speed on the school's part, the challengers hooked up with their pastor and combed through the rest of the extra-credit reading list that Hold Still was on, and have deemed nine of the fifteen other titles inappropriate.
The pastor is quoted as saying it is his "job to be a watchdog and help" in deciding what books are appropriate, as well as this:
"Are you aware of the vulgarity? Are you aware of the acts of sex, incest and homosexuality? All of these. Are you aware of these?"
Twenty-five years after its original publication, “Maus” continues to provoke. Mr. Spiegelman recalls an incident in Germany in 1987, when a reporter barked at him, “Don’t you think that a comic book about the Holocaust is in bad taste?”
The author responded, “No, I thought Auschwitz was in bad taste.”