A graphic novel for children from the wildly popular “Captain Underpants” series is being pulled from library and bookstore shelves after its publisher said it “perpetuates passive racism.”
The book under scrutiny is 2010’s “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk” by Dav Pilkey.
It follows a pair of friends who travel from 500,001 B.C. to 2222, where they meet a martial arts instructor who teaches them kung fu and they learn principles found in Chinese philosophy.
‘The Adventures of Ook and Gluk’ is being pulled over ‘harmful racial stereotypes’ of Asian people. https://t.co/NlOR9Qx2Dy
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 29, 2021
Pilkey has apologized, saying the book “contains harmful racial stereotypes” and is “wrong and harmful to my Asian readers.”
Scholastic said it had removed the book from its websites, stopped processing