I am confused,
I’m not amused,
Since Dr. Seuss’ books
Have been abused
I cannot eat,
I cannot sleep,
It’s been proclaimed
That he’s a creep
We cannot revel in Cat in the Hat,
We can no longer have any of that.
The cat is black, the hat has stripes,
That’s racial injustice, can you say, “Yipes?”
And Chinese kids who eat with sticks
Have gotten society’s social nix,
You read the story as a kid
Just like so many others did.
Your view of the world’s now sorely tainted
And old Dr. Seuss is now ill-painted
I cannot think,
I cannot drink.
What’s next to go?
I do not know
Behead some statues, and you will see
Our door will close on history.
I do not like revitalization
Like Wizard of Oz in colorization.
The day may come with quite a fight
They tint Scarlett black and Mammy white
I do not get it,
I refuse to sweat it,
They even pick on toys,
Mr. Potato Head’s gender
Nearly came to an ender
Eliminating parts of girls and boys.
Cancel culture’s run amok,
Picking apart has gotten us stuck.
What once was casual, easy, and fun,
What was our history is now undone
Oh, the things you can find
If you get off your behind.
But brains in your head
And feet in your shoes
Don’t allow you to change whatever you choose.
Racism and bigotry is often a rumor,
We have definitely lost our old sense of humor.
You’re on your own, know what you know
But why do cherished traditions just have to go?
The good Dr. Seuss wrote only to teach,
So why did his family give in to the screech?
Racism in kids was never inherent,
Usually it’s taught right from the parent.
You’re on your own,
And you know what you know
But social media rules
That our history must go.
A person’s a person, no matter how small
But Seuss’ lessons are destined to fall,
Now everything’s a target and subject to rebuke
Cancel culture attitude just causes me to puke!
I meant what I said, and I said what I meant
This stuff is B.S. 100%
Writer’s note: Although it was the Seuss family who pulled the six books in question, it was the pressure of social media that fueled the international fire and caused the hew and cry. Hasbro, originally caving in to the ridiculous rantings of sexism regarding Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, have since acquiesced, and only the branding on the packaging will now change.
Rona Mann has been a freelance writer for The Sun for 19 years, including her “In Their Shoes” features. She can be reached at email@example.com or 401-539-7762.