MAUS, Art Spiegelman's Graphic Novel About The Holocaust, Has Been Banned By A Tennessee School Board
In a shocking turn of events, a Tennessee school board has voted to ban Art Spiegelman's MAUS, a Pulitzer-winning graphic novel about the author's parents' experiences during the Holocaust.
A Tennessee school board's decision to ban MAUS, a Pulitzer-winning book about the Holocaust, has resulted in outrage.
Art Spiegelman's acclaimed graphic novel is based on his parents' experiences during the Holocaust, depicting Jews as mice and Germans as cats. The McMinn County School board in Tennessee voted 10-0 to remove MAUS from its curriculum in all of its schools, citing the book's inclusion of words like "God damn" and "naked pictures" as its reasons.
Apparently, they found these elements in a story about one of the worst atrocities ever inflicted on mankind to be "objectionable."
Several individual board members elaborated on their reasons for voting to ban the book, and you can find some, frankly, astonishing quotes here.
Spiegelman himself weighed in on the controversial decision during an interview with CNBC. "I'm kind of baffled by this," he said. "It's leaving me with my jaw open, like, 'What?'" he added, describing the board as "Orwellian."
You can check out just a few of the Twitter reactions below.
There's only one kind of people who would vote to ban Maus, whatever they are calling themselves these days. https://t.co/fs1Jl62Qd8— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) January 26, 2022
I'd like to note here that this is what the "nudity" in "Maus" looks like. pic.twitter.com/JrJfDKEpxx— Jane Coaston (@janecoaston) January 26, 2022
1/ Maus has played a vital role in educating about the Holocaust through sharing detailed and personal experiences of victims and survivors. On the eve of International #HolocaustRemembranceDay, it is more important than ever for students to learn this history.— US Holocaust Museum (@HolocaustMuseum) January 27, 2022
This #HolocaustMemorialDay consider the line, Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.— Marshall Julius (@MarshallJulius) January 27, 2022
Only yesterday the Pulitzer-winning graphic novel, Maus, was banned by a Tennessee School Board, spuriously citing language & nudity. So, book burnings next?#NeverForget pic.twitter.com/XCsHLhQFTj
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