The fastest way to draw attention to just about anything is to throw a hissy fit about "inappropriate for children or families".
Or cancel a speech by a childrens' book writer who draws grandmas with potato noses, purple skirts and children doing cartwheels...very very suspicious Patricia Polacco is; I've met her and I'm not sure I'd want to risk being portrayed cleverly by her smart, subtle, witty, colored pencils
Here are two paragraphs from a longer article on PW Daily (yes, this is total theft AND copyright infringement)
After being asked by a firm called Buchanan & Associates to speak at an event held at the International Reading Association's conference in Chicago earlier this month, Polacco said she accepted the invitation through her staff.
A number of exchanges between Buchanan and Polacco's people followed, largely regarding what the author would discuss at the event, until Polacco was ultimately told she could not speak against No Child Left Behind in her speech.
Frustrated and confused, Polacco went to the IRA looking for answers. It was then, she told PW, that she found out Buchanan & Associates was working for SRA/McGraw-Hill and not the IRA (as she had assumed).
Because SRA/McGraw-Hill publishes a number of the tests used in NCLB, the house was not eager to have Polacco speak her mind on the Bush-established initiative. And, after Polacco refused to alter her speech, she was dropped from the program. It was then, when McGraw-Hill neglected to release the details of why she did not appear at the events, that Polacco took matters into her own hands.
The people attending that event can decide on their own if Patrical Polacco is a whack job and pay her no mind; OR they can hear what she has to say after a long and illustrious career as a school visitor who makes her living by speaking to schools and selling books to parents and kids.
There are certainly places for censorship: war; bank account passwords; Miss Snark's love letters to Mr. Clooney. Not art. Not books. Not ideas. If you think a piece of art is offensive, (and yes, I think Piss Christ was an abomination) or a writer is a shoe pounding knee jerk dunderhead, fine. Other people may not share your view. Let people decide on their own.
But, honest to dog, why anyone thinks calling MORE attention to something, censoring it, and thus giving the story legs is an effective way to get rid of something, needs to spend a little more time in the library reading this.
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