Saturday, November 9, 2013

"Pinkwashing" Harry Potter

Well, this is just the worst thing ever.

So there's a short article in the New York Times by an author and mother named Lynn Messina. Now those are two groups I don't usually disparage, but I'm going to make an exception here.

This woman is insane.

Messina explains in the article that she "child-proofs" the books she reads to her children, including Harry Potter. She adds in her own lines to the book as she reads, changing the meaning of the book, making the characters more responsible, toning down the bad behavior, making them eat their vegetables.

This woman is insane.

And apparently she's serious. In the end, she decides Harry Potter is too dark for her five year old - she can't "pinkwash" it enough. So she gives up on it.

Hey, I'm all for choosing appropriate books for your children, but if you can't read it as is, then don't read it. I can't believe that even needs to be said.

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