A stepdaughter of Dr Seuss has spoken out and defended the decision to cancel her father’s six works over their racist content.
As Lark Grey Dimond-Cates admitted in an interview with the New York Post, the company in charge of managing her stepfather’s legacy reached out to the family to inform them that six titles will no longer be published due to their insensitive and racist content.
While Audrey Geisel’s daughter insisted her stepfather wasn’t racist, she defended the decision to pull the plug on the children’s books because “the world is in pain.”
“I think in this day and age it’s a wise decision. I think this is a world that right now is in pain, and we’ve all got to be very gentle and thoughtful and kind with each other,” she said.
The stepdaughter’s message follows shortly after it became clear that Dr Seuss’s six works, including If I Ran the Zoo, Scrambled Eggs Super!, On Beyond Zebra!, The Cat’s Quizzer, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, and McElligot’s Pool, have been canceled following complaints about their imagery.
Though Dimond-Cates praised the decision to pull the books, she defended her father by saying “there wasn’t a racist bone” in his body.
“There wasn’t a racist bone in that man’s body. He was so acutely aware of the world around him and cared so much,” she said of her father.
The stepdaughter also insisted that throughout the years, as times changed, her stepfather often revised his works to make them more inclusive and fit in with cultural changes.
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