Online retail giant eBay has reportedly started to remove listings for now somehow controversial books by celebrated children's author Dr. Seuss.
"JUST IN: Ebay is now removing listings of 'offensive' Dr. Seuss books," says the tweet by Breaking 911.
The communication from eBay in the tweet's screenshot states:
"We had to remove your listing because it didn't follow our offensive material policy. Listing that promote or glorify hatred, violence, or discrimination aren't allowed."
"Dr. Seuss Enterprises has stopped publication of this book due to its negative portrayal of some ethnicities. As a courtesy, we have ended your item and refunded your selling fees, and as long as you do not relist the item, there will be no negative impact to your account. Please review our Offensive Materials Policy prohibits this item [sic] for more information."
This latest incident comes in the wake of great controversy regarding what is allowed to be distributed and what gets cancelled in 2020 and 2021.
Publishers Simon and Schuster dropped a book by Republican Senator Josh Hawley The Tyranny of Big Tech, which, ironically, looks at systematic censorship by big tech companies. At the same time, they agreed to publish the memoirs of Hunter Biden, who is currently under investigation by authorities for multiple alleged crimes.
Amazon has also gotten on the cancel bandwagon lately, banning books by conservative authors. For example, they banned a book by conservative scholar Ryan T. Anderson, according to the Wall Street Journal, without giving reason or comment. They also pulled Dr. Seuss titles from their online shop.
We took the trouble to search for the book on eBay, and several listings still do appear. However, the pricing appears to be out of this world, perhaps due to fear that the book will indeed disappear permanently from eBay, and price-gouging due to the same.
The New York Public Library determined to keep the books on the shelves. The ban left many trying to buy the books, launching them into the best seller spot. Universal theme park in Orlando, Fla. is considering changing it's Seuss-themed attractions. This all comes as President Joe Biden pulled Dr. Seuss' books from Read Across America Day, an initiative that was founded in the author's honor.