When Reality Meets "Family Guy"

| January 4, 2011 | 4 Replies

I suppose it was only a matter of time before our own laziness brought down a heretofore timeless classic.

What is a word worth? According to Publishers Weekly, NewSouth Books’ upcoming edition of Mark Twain’s seminal novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will remove all instances of the “n” word—I’ll give you a hint, it’s notnonesuch—present in the text and replace it with slave. The new book will also remove usage of the word Injun. The effort is spearheaded by Twain expert Alan Gribben, who says his PC-ified version is not an attempt to neuter the classic but rather to update it. “Race matters in these books,” Gribben told PW. “It’s a matter of how you express that in the 21st century.”

Alternately, it could provide a “teachable moment” as kids ask their parents why that word is part of a man’s name. Parents could then tell their kids about the days when Nigger Jim was not considered person but property and the great war we fought to end that practice forever. Nowadays, we can’t be bothered teaching context because…

…well, I’m not quite sure why. Are you?

I guess in the future, we can just slide our kids this video clip instead of the timeless words of Mark Twain. It’s the 21st Century, after all.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has the line of the day:

The tiresome war on Mark Twain’s novels is older than Al Sharpton’s hair grease.

Read her whole post. She reprints a column she wrote about this very same subject nine years ago. Progressives are relentless. They will not stop until the whole world thinks just like them, which is why we have to crush their dreams without pity.

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