Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Special Report: Piglet 'Rubbed Out' by Muslims

The good folk at Qatar Living recently did a post on the absolute stupidity of censoring a child's book. Ht tip to GM’s Corner.

In Qatar there is only one decent bookshop (that happens to be a Saudi chain) that has a few shelves of English books. Shopping there is hit or miss - you don't go there to look for a title. You go there in the hope of stumbling upon something interesting. The kids selection is not bad though. The other night we saw Disney's "My Very First Encyclopedia with Winnie the Pooh and friends". We grabbed it and thought it was exactly what we needed for our daughter - not only does she love Winnie the Pooh but she's also started taking a keen interest in nature.

We flipped it open and noticed that some of the pages had been vandalised with a black marker. We figured it must have been bought and returned after some kids had got there hands on it. Further inspection made us realise that this was actually systematic. Someone had deliberately "censored" out each and every picture of Piglet from hundreds of pages in the book with a black marker (my guess is that the book got caught by Saudi Censors enroute to Doha).

What kind of paranoid culture would do such a thing? Well, I guess Qatar children won’t learn about one cartoon animal.

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1 Comments:

  • Maybe they just thought Piglet was a woman and needed to wear a Niqāb or burka.

    Can we paint Piglet's portrait on every plane, train, bus, piece of currency, sidewalk and grocery item? Please? Any Muslim sane enough to not care can use all such conveniences and the rest can sit down and wait for their brains to explode out of their skulls.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:27 PM  

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