What TOTAL BULLSHIT
Keith Staskiewicz wrote:
It’s unfortunate, but is it really any more catastrophic than a TBS-friendly re-edit of The Godfather, you down-and-dirty melon farmer? The original product is changed for the benefit of those who, for one reason or another, are not mature enough to handle it, but as long as it doesn’t affect the original, is there a problem?
Uh, yes there is a problem. TBS edits of The Godfather
aren't taught as art. No one studies that other than people who are specifically setting out to study censorship. Changing words like nigger and Injun fundamentally alter the experience of the text
. If you read Huck Finn
without nigger and Injun, what you have read is decidedly not Huck Finn
. All this new "edition" does is create a population of students who carry around someone else's idea of Huck Finn in their minds, believing they have actually read it when in fact they have not. I'd argue that the removal of words like nigger is incredibly racist because it covers up the racism of the past. It's using school to tell pleasant, convenient lies (which is ironically what much of the book is about). Much of the power of the novel comes from having the racism thrown in your face with such flippancy and removing this element of the book DESTROYS it. This is EXACTLY the kind of thing Twain HATED and railed against ALL HIS LIFE.
FUCK YOU, ALAN GRIBBEN!