It’s too easy.
That was my first thought this past week when some people in the news biz rubbed their hands in glee over the most certain reaction of right-wing media to the news that publishers of Dr. Seuss books have pulled six titles from store shelves because of “racist” imagery.
“Let’s get a story up . . . They’ll go crazy!”
And they have gone nutso, blaming all liberal-minded people of wokeism and accusing us of spreading cancel culture when, in fact, we had nothing to do with the decision. The publishers made the decision on their own, and it is being applauded by Black people and others.
Some people are pointing out that it was a sound business decision, immediately boosting sales and giving the publishers more credibility.
Some conservative writers see it as cancel culture. Never mind that the books may have hurt Black people. That’s irrelevant to them — and that is a sad statement about those writers and their news platforms, isn’t it?
But why blame all liberal-minded people? I haven’t tried to cancel anyone. Ditto for most liberals out there. I bet the vast majority of us weren’t even aware there is racist imagery in some early Dr. Seuss books.
No matter. Conservative writers and politicians see it as another way to attack people and moan about the loss of free speech, yada, yada, yada.
Little do they realize they are being played by some liberal types who know the reaction of conservatives will be over the top.
“Hey, let’s poke a stick into the conservatives’ nest and watch them all throw hissy fits!”
Conservative types play this game, too. Think of certain writers on both sides of the pond who trot out tweets every once in a while to piss off trans people (or other minority groups) and their allies. It works every time: there is a huge Twitter storm — and then the conservatives who started the mess complain about the response, saying people are trying to cancel them.
Oh, the games people play . . .
The truth is, most liberal-minded and conservative-minded people are far removed from all the nonsense. They couldn’t care less. The supposed outrage is too often stoked by media types on both sides of the issues with an eye on reader clicks.
Most people just shrug it off, I’m guessing. Other than some media types, I don’t know of anyone personally who is upset by the Dr. Seuss decision — and the underlying belief that racist imagery should be removed.
But I do know journalists who are having good laugh at the current conservative reaction.
It’s just too easy . . . and too funny.