Children’s Author Forced To Redraw 1966 Cartoon That Stereotypes Arab Pirate
Books by one of Sweden’s most popular and decorated children’s authors may be withdrawn from circulation after an “investigation” revealed that they contained “stereotypical depictions of other cultures”. Jan Lööf was issued with an ultimatum: redraw the pictures, or have the books withdrawn.
The books in question are incredibly popular, and one – Catch Fabian – is sold out and will not be restocked, while publisher Bonnier Carlsen have withdrawn all 5,000 copies of the other – Grandpa is a Pirate – from sale. “They have given me an ultimatum. I either have to redraw the pictures or the books will not be published anymore,” the author told the newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
Just so you know how horribly stereotypical (and therefore RACIST!) these drawings are, here are some contemporary images of Barbary pirates:
Clearly the children’s books, with their pictures of turban wearing, sword wielding, Christian-enslaving Arab pirates are way off! What was he thinking!?