Universal Orlando brings Dr. Seuss books from the gift shop and is considering park changes
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Universal Orlando has some books by Dr. Seuss pulled out of his gift shops and is considering further changes at the resort after it became known that some books from the author’s collection are no longer available due to racist and insensitive imagery.
On Tuesday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that preserves and protects the author’s legacy, suggested stopping the publication of six famous books by the author, including “And Thinking I Saw It On Mulberry Street” and “When I Run” the Zoo “because they” portray people in hurtful and wrong ways “.
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The books in question will be featured at the Universal Island of Adventure theme park in an area called Seuss Landing, according to Spectrum News. The children’s area is known for characters and attractions created by the Dr. Seuss created world – – born Theodor Seuss Geisel.
“We removed the books from our shelves when prompted and will also evaluate our experience in the park,” a Universal spokesperson told FOX Business in a statement.
Visitors walk through the Seuss landing area of the Islands of Adventure theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida on March 26, 2017. (Phelan M. Ebenhack via AP)
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The park’s gift shop is called the Mulberry Street Store, after the now-discontinued book.
One play area is based on the book “If I Ran the Zoo”, which contains a drawing of two barefoot African men who appear to be wearing grass skirts and their hair tied above their heads.
It is unclear which areas or parks are affected by Universal’s re-evaluation plans.
In the meantime, however, guests can “enjoy their favorite experiences at Seuss Landing,” said the spokesman.
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Dr. Seuss is revered by millions around the world for the positive values in many of his works, including environmental protection and tolerance. However, in recent years there has been increasing criticism of the way blacks, Asians, and other people are drawn into some of his favorite children’s books, as well as in his earlier promotional and propaganda illustrations.
This also includes “McElligot’s Pool”, “On Beyond Zebra!”, “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer”.
“The cessation of sales of these books is only part of our commitment and broader plan to ensure that the Dr. Seuss Enterprises catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” said Dr. Seuss Enterprises in a statement on Tuesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.