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Some might have seen this already, there might even be a thread on it but I searched for it and found nothing. Check out this good editorial on the subject: http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/01/06/powers.huck.finn/index.html?hpt=C1

Basically a publisher is releasing Huckleberry Finn with the "n-word" cut out and replaced with "slave." Such censorship of a classic piece of literature should NEVER happen in my opinion. On top of that it is revisionist history, since at the time the book takes place that word would have been used.

Bullshit.
People shouldnt censor anything. I like my entertainment uncensored, look up some of Frankie Boyles comedy routines. He's great.

Heres one of his sketches:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lhkVFRMXIo&feature=related

And some standup:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-SDKvc0kJ0&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzV6fpSnkh0&feature=related
Post edited January 06, 2011 by reaver894
Not surprising, and pretty horrible. Just add a piece at the beginning with some context about the word, don't censor it.
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PhoenixWright: Not surprising, and pretty horrible. Just add a piece at the beginning with some context about the word, don't censor it.
This.
Gotta agree here. There is historical perspective that gets lost when changes like this are made.

On the plus side it's only a new edition and the original version isn't being banned, to be replaced by this one.
just how can anybody be so immensively dense and narrowminded, stuff like this really pisses me off.
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PhoenixWright: Not surprising, and pretty horrible. Just add a piece at the beginning with some context about the word, don't censor it.
That's probably overkill, as the book isn't typically taught until kids are old enough to handle the discussion that's supposed to go with it. And adults that need it to be censored are more or less incurable anyways.
Well, there goes the whole book. That one word was the point of it anyways.
This is nothing new, really. From Thomas Bowdler to modern school readers, there's been a market for 'cleaned up' versions of popular and classic books for nearly as long as there have been books.
This kind of reminds me of the time that Peter took a ride down the Mississippi with his friend N-Word Jim.
There's also the fact that the book is anti-racism. Is that really a message that should be diluted?
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hedwards: This kind of reminds me of the time that Peter took a ride down the Mississippi with his friend N-Word Jim.
That's our word! ;)
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Navagon: There's also the fact that the book is anti-racism. Is that really a message that should be diluted?
Indeed, aren't we supposed to be focusing that bigotry and hatred on gays and Muslims? We don't exactly have time to make sure to discriminate against everybody. Those that we don't have time for will just have to learn to hate themselves without our help.
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hedwards: This kind of reminds me of the time that Peter took a ride down the Mississippi with his friend N-Word Jim.
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Rohan15: That's our word! ;)
:P

EDIT: Also anybody who doesn't already have a copy, Google has some free copies of the older editions for those that are interested.
Post edited January 06, 2011 by hedwards
Fuck racism and fuck anti-racism.

EDIT: Just an unneeded political piece of shit.

By the way, in the future how are we going to call black people... "got burned by the sun a little more" people?

Or white people... "played too much with snow when they were young" people?

Something tells me that black / white people is going to be censored in the near future too.
Post edited January 06, 2011 by KavazovAngel
You know...just for fun, I did a search for the word in its two main forms (the one that ends in "er", and also the slang form ending in "a") on iTunes. I stopped counting at 400 results, but there were certainly more (granted, some were duplicates, but even so...).

And while iTunes itself censored the word partially (e.g. "n***a"), I'm pretty sure the performing artists themselves probably sang the actual word. Not that I bothered to find out; hip-hop really isn't my thing. I'm pretty sure, though, that iTunes won't be releasing edited digital booklets with the albums these songs derive from, in which the offending word is similarly replaced with "slave".

And what about a more modern classic, like "Roots", which makes prolific use of the term? Will newer publications of that anti-slavery opus be similarly censored, if released in the future?

I get that it's a nasty word with a nasty meaning...but this idea of revising Huck Finn still just sits wrong with me. It's a story about a time in American history which wasn't all unicorns and roses, after all. The portrayal thereof is not ruined by the word change, of course, but it is in some way diminished.