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Graham Gal: Objects to censorship of comics


Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Objects to censorship of comics

In the last week, two letters have suggested that the cartoon, Beetle Bailey, should be removed from the comics. The letter writers’ arguments were basically that this cartoon is offensive and readers should not be allowed to see this content.

A recent incident brought this home. I work with a colleague at Tehran University. They wanted a copy of a book, but were not able buy it. I went to Amazon, purchased an e-version, and sent the link to them. When she tried to get the book she got a message that, “This title is not available for customers from (the) Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Just like those in charge of the minds of the Iranian citizens, the ayatollahs of the granola valley would have this message placed in the comics section of the Gazette. Perhaps a better approach would be to burn copies of the Gazette that contain this offensive material. That way no one would even be able to see this content by mistake.

Graham Gal

Amherst