Fury as Dr Seuss books scrapped by eBay for ‘glorifying hatred and violence’

FURY has erupted after Dr Seuss books were scrapped by eBay for “glorifying hatred and violence” – but Hitler’s Mein Kampf remained.

Sellers rushed to the e-commerce giant after the news broke that six Seuss books will stop being published over racism claims.

Production of If I Ran the Zoo has been halted


Production of If I Ran the Zoo has been haltedCredit: AP:Associated Press

“And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer” are being pulled from production.

The book owners who rushed quickly to the site to sell the final copies were raking in hundreds of dollars.

However on Thursday, just two days after the novels were pulled, eBay began preventing them from being resold.

Sellers were notified that they violated the company’s “offensive material policy,” which bans content that promotes “hatred, violence or discrimination,” according to the New York Post.

There have been racism claims against Dr Seuss


There have been racism claims against Dr SeussCredit: AP:Associated Press
Book owners are struggling to resell their Dr Seuss novels on eBay


Book owners are struggling to resell their Dr Seuss novels on eBayCredit: Getty Images – Getty

One user outraged on Twitter, writing: “You can’t make this stuff up. @eBay is blocking my listing of @DrSeuss’s “The Cat’s Quizzer” & citing it as offensive material.”

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She added that hashtag “cancel cancel culture” to her message.

Another user pointed out that, although the children’s books have been pulled, Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” has remained.

“I could sell Mein Kampf but not And to Think that I Saw it On Mulberry Street because it’s ‘hateful’,” the user wrote, with a screen shot claiming to show the book listed on the site.

On Beyond Zebra! has also been discontinued


On Beyond Zebra! has also been discontinuedCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The Sun contacted eBay for comment, but did not immediately hear back.

The business that preserves and protects Dr Seuss’ legacy confirmed on Tuesday that production of the books will be seized.

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday.

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” it said.

The decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company told AP.

“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process.

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“We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” it said.

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