4 Responses to Arnie the Rooster, Bacon, and Book Burning
Thank you for standing by your decision to publish worthy books despite the fact that some people might disagree with the content!
All too often I see us censoring ourselves as a society for fear of offending people…there is no quicker way to destroy original thought than to shut the doors on anything that is not considered bland enough to be completely inoffensive! If NOBODY is offended you are probably not saying anything worthwhile or meaningful 🙂
–Amy (librarian and fellow believer in the power of words)
As the author of ‘I Want To Be Bacon When I Grow Up,’ I can’t surprised by the angry it cause among people who don’t eat meat. I was a little taken aback by some the more vile e-mails we received.
However, its easy to hide behind a keyboard and spit out hate. I am happy for Shelley and respect the way she went about opposing our book. Instead of making a fake review on Amazon or e-mailing a nasty letter, she actually went and did something about it in a respectful manner.
While I like to think our book is against the mistreatment of animals, I understand why a vegan would think just the act of eating an animal is mistreatment. Of course, I don’t believe in that last part.
At the eat of the day, Mascot now has two books that speak on behalf of both sides and Shelly and I both agree that brutal treatment of animals is uncalled for. We just probably won’t be cooking each other breakfast anytime soon. I wish Shelley the best of luck with her book!
And please pardon and grammatical errors. I’m super tired and I relied on the awesome Mascot editors to usually help me out 😉Reply
but where do draw the line of freedom of speech when the message is clearly morally wrong and in fact a concern for the morality and integrity of children? What if someone wanted to write a book about a little girl who wanted to be abused when she grows up? Don’t we all as citizens have the responsibility of condoning only the best and most morally correct messages for our children? Where do you draw the line when it concerns freedom of speech? Do you throw aside what is clearly right from wrong in the name of freedom of speech?Reply
ALISHA, Not liking the title of the book is not the line on which we should censor a book. I don’t expect Vegans to buy a cook book about different ways to cook chicken any more than I expect them to buy my book.
Putting aside the fact that we have always said that animals should NEVER be abused; a book about a little girl who wants to be abused when she grows up probably wouldn’t be picked up by a respected publisher like Mascot. Though the author still had the right to write and submit it. Just like Mascot or any other publisher would have the right to reject it. Then again, isn’t that what ’50 Shades of Grey’ is about? Actually I never read the book so I am not going to review it.
I ask you, have you read our book before judging it by its cover? A lot of people get fired up without reading the book. And if you are a vegan, I suggest you don’t read it because you probably still won’t like it even though ::SPOILER ALERT:: the pig doesn’t die.Reply