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Derivative of ‘Captain Underpants’ pulled by Scholastic for ‘Passive Racism’ – Deadline

A derivative book by popular author Dav Pilkey Captain Underpants the series will no longer be published by Scholastic, which has also requested that copies in circulation in libraries and other distributors be returned.

In a statement, Scholastic said it will no longer publish or distribute Pilkey’s 2010 graphic novel, The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung Fu Cavemen of the Future. He claimed that the author supported the movement.

“Together we recognize that this book perpetuates passive racism. We are deeply sorry for this serious mistake, ”the company said without citing details.

“Scholastic has removed the book from our websites, stopped fulfilling all orders (domestic or foreign), contacted our business partners to explain why this book is no longer available and requested the return of all inventory. . We will take steps to notify schools and libraries that may still have this title in circulation of our decision to remove it from publication.

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The character of Pilkey’s Captain Underpants was the subject of a DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox film in 2017, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. He is also the author of the popular “Dog Man” series.

Pilkey also shared a letter of apology on Youtube in which he claimed that the deleted book was intended to “showcase diversity, equality and non-violent conflict resolution”.

However, “But this week it was brought to my attention that this book also contains harmful racial stereotypes and passively racist images,” he wrote. “I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly apologize for this. It was and is wrong and harmful to my Asian readers, friends and family, as well as to all Asians. “

Pilkey’s book ban follows a similar decision to remove Dr. Seuss’ six books from Penguin Random House. The books were taken down because of allegedly racist and callous images.

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