FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IS
OUR MOST BASIC LIBERTY
My last post — about the Dr. Seuss controversy — stirred considerable interest. Quite a few people followed my link, from Facebook in particular, and then shared their thoughts (some of which I included under that post).
An air of absurdity has gathered around this situation, compounded by criticisms of Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, the Muppets, Mr. Potato Head, and other characters once considered kid-friendly and downright lovable.
For the most part, reader comments reflect a general skepticism about the assertion that stories and drawings enjoyed by children for generations should now be considered offensive.
The meme above, currently circulating on social media, captures an irony to which I alluded when I compared the Dr. Seuss objections with protests of a raunchy ’80s TV show, “Married…with Children.”