Monday, October 1, 2012
Banned Books Week, Sept. 30-Oct. 6
Every year, the thing that shocks me the most about Banned Books Week is the list of classics that have been banned at one time or another. These are important novels that have shaped collective American consciousness, and they were almost silenced by self-righteous morons.
Here are a few courtesy of bannedbooksweek.org. For the complete list, click here.
The Great Gatsby: Some people had problems with the language and sexual references.
The Grapes of Wrath: Objections to profanity and sexuality.
The Scarlet Letter: Parents tried to ban it even in 1977, because it "conflicted with community values."
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: Banned by a Wisconsin school district because "they wanted to avoid controversy at all costs." That's right. Bury your head. Maybe the horrors will just go away.
It's really very simple. If someone is offended by foul language, sexual situations, or controversial topics, fine. Don't read the books. But why not let other people make up their own minds?
What's your favorite banned book?