Ever found Cinderella or Snow White too be either white and too straight? Don’t worry, Ladybird Books has hired consultants from the Ministry of Truth to re-write them for you. Despite the backlash from censoring Roald Dahl, Dr. Suess, Ian Fleming’s James Bond, and even Don Rosa’s classic Scrooge McDuck tales, the cultural revolution marching through classic literature continues unabated. They were never going to stop because it’s never enough.
Ladybird Books, a subsidiary of Penguin, has hired ‘sensitivity readers’ to pour through their classic children’s books like Cinderella and Snow White to find ‘problematic’ material for modern audiences.
As reported by the Telegraph, these experts on what you should be reading found such problems as:
“Handsome princes – and beautiful princesses falling for them at first sight – have been deemed problematic by sensitivity readers advising on offensive content, due to the privilege given to physical attractiveness and heteronormative romance.”
Can’t have true love. That’s a problem in 2023. They did not stop there because finding just one problem is never enough. They also found these issues:
“Outdated or harmful elements in fairy tales, according to publishing insiders, may also include characters presuming each other’s pronouns or social class, and a lack of diversity among blonde-haired and blue-eyed protagonists.”
At the time of the Telegraph’s article being published, Ladybird did not confirm whether they would censor their classic works, but logically they wouldn’t be hiring sensitivity readers otherwise. That’s like getting a termite inspection and not acting when they tell you your house will collapse if you don’t.
As Bleeding Fool’s EiC Chris Braly reported when he highlighted sensitivity reader Jo Ross-Barrett, we caught a glimpse of what sort of people gravitate towards censorship jobs.
Ross-Barrett describes herself in her own words as:
“a non-binary, asexual, polyamorous relationship anarchist who is on the autism spectrum.”
And on a profile page on the Inclusive Minds site where she had previously worked before deciding that joining the ministry was more lucrative, there is this gem:
“they/them’ is described as a ‘writer and editor with a passion for championing inclusive content and policies.”
Gee, with credentials like that, is it any wonder why this person seems to find problems within classical literature?
You see, as the saying goes, to a hammer everything is a nail. Sensitivity Readers chose a niche career path that did not exist in large numbers before the madness in 2020. Since then, woke publishing houses have been tripping over themselves to hire these poison pills. And they will surely oblige these publishers when given the chance because that’s how they survive.
Sensitivity Readers will always find an issue with any book at any time period because they have to justify their existence and otherwise, worthless degrees. Some are true cultist believers that feel these books are literal violence, but many know that they must censor, or they won’t have a job. They censor now so they can censor in the future. This is how the grift works.
I know some may say, “Oh, it’s just children’s books. We must progress with the times.”
Remember when I said Ladybird is a subsidiary of Penguin? Guess what else is in their library. To Kill a Mockingbird, Cather in the Rye, Pride and Prejudice, A Clockwork Orange, Brave New World, Dracula…I could go on, but you get the point. Once these sensitivity readers are done with children’s books, and people accept it, they will move on to these classics. Every single book I mentioned has the same supposed issues as Cinderella or Snow White, if not more.
If you think this is just hyperbole, Penguin also owns George Orwell’s 1984, a book that I love to quote. That is now getting a feminist rewrite for modern audiences. Think about the irony of altering 1984. But the Marxists don’t care.
It’s never enough.
Buy physical media and boycott these companies that hire cultural revolutionaries.
Sensitivity reader will hate my book Fiasco of Adventures, because people are attractive in it. You can purchase the uncensored book here or here.