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Don’t use the N-word. Call them Slaves.

May 2, 2011

I just read a remarkable thing about the american re-release of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

The n-word which is printed over 200 times during the adventures will be replaced by the word slave.

I don’t recall being offended by the book myself, mainly because I haven’t read it; but I guess using the s-word is a more political correct way than the n-word.

And who to thank for this big editorial change 126 years after the first release? Well, it’s 69-year-old English professor Alan Gribben.

But while Huck Finn gets censored, another classic novel is up for the opposite treatment. Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray will become UNRATED and all the gay references that was once excluded from the book, while finally see the light of day.

Alan Gribben had nothing to do with that change at all, since he is more of a censoring kind of guy. Next on his agenda might be the Swedish Children’s Book; Hitler, Jesus and Grandpa. A story about the aforementioned trio teaming up on a roadtrip through Europe and reaking havoc on the citizens.

Or so I imagined when I saw it yesterday in a bookstore window. I haven’t read that one either.

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