Cancel culture has shown no signs of slowing down.
The Left are particularly fond of “canceling” the past.
And the “woke” censors are going after another acclaimed author.
Radical leftists movements always bulldoze the past.
The French Revolution attempted to reset the calendar to year zero, and the Maoist Cultural Revolution looked to destroy “the Four Olds” – old ideas, old culture, old customs, and old habits.
The current-day “woke” revolution looks to rewrite books from the past, as if warnings from George Orwell’s 1984 were never expressed.
Several authors’ works have been altered due to outdated language and cultural insensitivity.
The latest author to get the “woke” makeover is prolific British humorist P.G. Wodehouse, who lived from 1881 to 1975.
As one can imagine, not everything he wrote is “politically correct” by 2023 standards.
Book publisher Penguin Random House not only put a disclaimer on the books, but edited some of Wodehouse’s most famous works.
The disclaimer stated, “In the present edition we have sought to edit, minimally, words that we regard as unacceptable to present-day readers,” and claimed that the edits “do not affect the story.”
The book in question was Thank You, Jeeves, the first in the famous Jeeves and Wooster series.
The UK Telegraph reported that “[i]n Thank You, Jeeves, whose plot hinges on the performance of a minstrel troupe, numerous racial terms have been removed or altered, both in dialogue spoken by the characters in the book, and from first-person narration in the voice of Bertie [Wooster].”
Wodehouse is just the latest author to get the “woke” once-over
Mystery author Agatha Christie, children’s author Roald Dahl, and James Bond creator Ian Fleming have had censors go after some of their most notable works.
Works from the past serve as a time capsule.
They should not be altered because that’s a distortion of the historical record.
Also, there is no end in sight.
The next generation could be more “woke” than the previous generation, which has been the case.
After long enough time has passed, the original version will be unrecognizable.
The Telegraph added that many “Jeeves and Wooster books are being re-released by Penguin, despite previous editions being issued only slightly more than a decade ago. The previous editions were not censored.”
So in one decade, the Jeeves novels became too offensive for print in their original iterations.
This is how quickly radical leftists move.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.