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(UPI)   Word "jackass" gets book literally banned in Boston, in book about a donkey, meant to encourage children to read. Farking Massholes   (upi.com ) divider line
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2010-12-12 05:07:22 AM  
What about my cock and pullet?
 
2010-12-12 06:42:36 AM  
Or is that literary banned
 
2010-12-12 06:46:27 AM  
It amuses me that the director of a literacy program had no expectation that a story with the punchline "It's a book, jackass." would be controversial.
 
2010-12-12 06:46:29 AM  
Nice use of asinine tag.
 
2010-12-12 06:49:14 AM  
As opposed to metaphorically banned?
 
2010-12-12 06:50:57 AM  
This whole public discourse becomes so uncivil."

What she needs is an elegant weapon.
 
2010-12-12 06:52:06 AM  
What a frivolous use of a book-banning. They should behave more nubianrdly in their censorship of literary works.
 
2010-12-12 06:53:31 AM  
sunnovabiatch
 
2010-12-12 06:56:23 AM  
Yeeeah. It's ridiculous to go berserk over a word like that, but if the author's going to use a visible-from-space double entendre in a kids' book she can't very well be shocked when it gets some hackles up.

It's A Book, Vol. 2: Rooster
It's A Book, Vol. 3: Mommy Dog
 
2010-12-12 06:57:10 AM  
literally banned in Boston

(a) Not banned - the towns' schools just didn't accept a donated book.

(b) Not Boston - Gloucester and Rockport.

Subby fails at literally being literal.
 
2010-12-12 06:58:12 AM  
Most educated part of the US, eh?
 
2010-12-12 06:59:47 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Yeeeah. It's ridiculous to go berserk over a word like that, but if the author's going to use a visible-from-space double entendre in a kids' book she can't very well be shocked when it gets some hackles up.

It's A Book, Vol. 2: Rooster
It's A Book, Vol. 3: Mommy Dog


D'Mite (new window, NSFW language) has inspired a generation of authors.
 
2010-12-12 07:00:41 AM  
Way to fark up the html, me. Link
 
2010-12-12 07:05:13 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: It's A Book, Vol. 2: Rooster
It's A Book, Vol. 3: Mommy Dog


It's A Book, Vol. 4: Fluffy Cat
 
2010-12-12 07:12:01 AM  
People think Massachusetts is just a state full of Liberals, but you be surprised how conservative it is here. Hell, before Deval Patrick our last three governors were Republicans, including the Great Mitt Romney.
 
2010-12-12 07:20:20 AM  

skinink: People think Massachusetts is just a state full of Liberals, but you be surprised how conservative it is here. Hell, before Deval Patrick our last three governors were Republicans, including the Great Mitt Romney.


Yeah, amazing how conservative Ted Kennedy was, right? And was re-elected how many times? I think that trumps a couple (R) governors, considering how liberal they really were.
 
2010-12-12 07:24:42 AM  

Hilary T. N. Seuss: Gloucester and Rockport.


That's what I came in here to find out. Thanks!

skinink: People think Massachusetts is just a state full of Liberals, but you be surprised how conservative it is here


The "conservatism" has nothing to do with the government here. It would not surprise me if this incident results in another commission, with a commissioner, deputy commissioner, and several community liason managers, all making six figures, chosen from legislators' relatives after a nationwide search and backed up by a large staff of union clerical help, charged with ensuring that school libraries in the commonwealth are never subjected to anglo-saxon names for farm animals ever again. An important government function such as this should not be left up to local school districts, much less local school librarians and principals.

The "conservatism" is a curious combination of having been founded by religious conservatives and having a huge roman catholic population. We're still reeling from recent "progressive" moves such as allowing grocery stores to sell beer, and even do so on Sunday.
 
2010-12-12 07:34:39 AM  
Read a book (new window)
 
2010-12-12 07:34:58 AM  
Would it not have been banned if the word had been "jackwagon"?

/anyone who bans a book is a jackass and a jackwagon
 
2010-12-12 07:41:06 AM  
Whoops, didn't see the link posted earlier, my bad.

/up to early
//head cold
 
2010-12-12 07:47:27 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Would it not have been banned if the word had been "jackwagon"?

/anyone who bans a book is a jackass and a jackwagon


I generally like geico ads, but I LOVE that one in particular.

and yes they are jackwagons. I'm gonn a channel my inner Kreskin for a moment and guess that the people who emailed her are religious fundies. I wonder if they knew what Samson used to kill a 1000 of his enemies in the book of Judges? it was a jawbone. of an ass. but bad words is bad words right?
 
2010-12-12 08:06:42 AM  
Dear Massholes:
Yo answer your previous inquiry the definition off a "Burro" is an ass, while the definition of a "Burrow" is a hole in the ground.
Just thought you might want to know.
 
2010-12-12 08:18:31 AM  

Hilary T. N. Seuss: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: It's A Book, Vol. 2: Rooster
It's A Book, Vol. 3: Mommy Dog

It's A Book, Vol. 4: Fluffy Cat


It's A Book, Vol. 5: Rat
 
2010-12-12 08:19:49 AM  
First of all I'm not sure I would feel comfortable explaining "jackass" to a child. I guess it depends on the age of the child. Second, I don't think I would appreciate the child using the term in daily life. Worth a book banning = NO. Worth second thought in making it curriculum = absolutely. Would it be OK for someone to recommend or hand this book to MY kid without my permission = NO. Does a child need the story of how the jaw of an ass was used to kill 1000? Not my child and not on my watch and I don't care where the story is from. You are not going to keep boogiemen and monsters from becoming real as the world is full of them but a kid needs to be a kid for as long as it takes. Seems like the world has a lot of people educated by Grand Theft and Gangster Rap. How do you think that will work out for ya? Seems to me a little needless word is not worth much but it will send it's ripples out. And again I don't need my child using it on another person thinking it's OK it was in my book.
 
2010-12-12 08:23:19 AM  
laughingsquid.com
 
2010-12-12 08:25:36 AM  
Pure genious. The easiest way to get a kid to do something is to tell them they can't do it.
 
2010-12-12 08:27:13 AM  
Damn those backwoods, southern, hick, religious conservative, mouth-breathers! Wait, what? Boston?

/damn left wing massholes
 
2010-12-12 08:28:26 AM  

Toots de la Footsjelly: First of all I'm not sure I would feel comfortable explaining "jackass" to a child. I guess it depends on the age of the child. Second, I don't think I would appreciate the child using the term in daily life. Worth a book banning = NO. Worth second thought in making it curriculum = absolutely. Would it be OK for someone to recommend or hand this book to MY kid without my permission = NO. Does a child need the story of how the jaw of an ass was used to kill 1000? Not my child and not on my watch and I don't care where the story is from. You are not going to keep boogiemen and monsters from becoming real as the world is full of them but a kid needs to be a kid for as long as it takes. Seems like the world has a lot of people educated by Grand Theft and Gangster Rap. How do you think that will work out for ya? Seems to me a little needless word is not worth much but it will send it's ripples out. And again I don't need my child using it on another person thinking it's OK it was in my book.


You've really got your work cut out for you keeping the word out of your house. Y'know, given that you're such a jackass and everything.
 
2010-12-12 08:28:52 AM  
In Texas the book would still be banned, as it encourages children to read. That's the work of the Devil.
 
2010-12-12 08:31:24 AM  
It's not a kid's book. It's designed to look like one, but it has been marketed as humor, and is shelved in the humor section.
 
2010-12-12 08:31:45 AM  
It's a book, Ewe Cock biatch.
 
2010-12-12 08:31:47 AM  

macross87: Rat?


A rat, a rat, a gigantic motherfarking rat with a dick this big!
 
2010-12-12 08:32:15 AM  
Sort of a CSB concerning inappropriate things learned from a children's book:

When I was 6 or 7, I read a book where a character was drawn making a gesture to another -- putting his thumb on his nose and wiggling his fingers upright while sticking out his tongue. (BTW, what is that gesture called?) A few days later, I thought it would be really funny using that at my dad. The result was something out of a Bill Cosby stand-up routine.

"I am sick..." "And tired!"
"I don't remember anything after that."
 
2010-12-12 08:32:30 AM  
er ..... as far as I know "jackass" does just mean a male donkey, and all that would need explaining is that sometimes people use this as a word to call someone who does something as stupid as a donkey. People sometimes say "you donkey" for the same reason.

Am I missing something here?
 
2010-12-12 08:32:30 AM  
B-b-but, Massachusetts is a wonderfully, progressive state where the Democrats control the state legislature by about an 85-15% ratio. It has a very liberal, African-American governor and a House delegation completely comprised of Democrats. Granted, they do send Scott Brown, a moderate Republican to the U.S. Senate, but according to places like Daily Kos and Fark, it is a state which America should be emulating.
 
2010-12-12 08:35:13 AM  

StashMonster: er ..... as far as I know "jackass" does just mean a male donkey, and all that would need explaining is that sometimes people use this as a word to call someone who does something as stupid as a donkey. People sometimes say "you donkey" for the same reason.

Am I missing something here?


It becomes clear once you ask yourself a bunch of pretentious questions, apparently.
 
2010-12-12 08:36:14 AM  
Freedom of speech means you can't offend me or I'll make the government shut you up.
 
2010-12-12 08:39:23 AM  

macross87: Rat?


Little Johhny's teacher was asking each student to take a turn going through the alphabet and making up a sentence about something that began with the assigned letter.

She went though a, b, c, d, e, and each time, Johnny's hand shot up, and each time the teacher thought of a way Johnny could make it dirty, and passed him over.

Finally, they reached "R," and satisfied that there was no way for Johhny to pick a naughty word, she finally called on him just as he was falling out of his seat to have a turn.

"OK, Johnny, please make a sentence about something that begins with "R."

Johhny jumped out of his seat, took a deep breath, and shouted, "R is for rat! A big farking rat! With a dick this big!"
 
2010-12-12 08:43:53 AM  

skinink: People think Massachusetts is just a state full of Liberals, but you be surprised how conservative it is here. Hell, before Deval Patrick our last three governors were Republicans, including the Great Mitt Romney.


This state is just as liberal as california but with the added bonus of visible political corruption.
 
2010-12-12 08:44:02 AM  

Hilary T. N. Seuss: literally banned in Boston

(a) Not banned - the towns' schools just didn't accept a donated book.

(b) Not Boston - Gloucester and Rockport.

Subby fails at literally being literal.


This. Nothing was "banned".

The "outrage" is pretty stupid.

From the article, it sounds like the entire premise of the book is to "jackass" as an insult, so if the school chooses not to use the book, then whatever. I don't think I'd want a bunch of first graders running around saying "it's a book, jackass" because they think it's funny.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2010-12-12 08:44:50 AM  
The Gloucester Times has better coverage, because the story is local there. (Not literally from Boston, despite the Fark headline.)
 
2010-12-12 08:45:19 AM  

R.I.P. Jackass
t3.gstatic.com

 
2010-12-12 08:45:38 AM  
On the bright side, a new addition for the banned books shop (new window).

It's weird how there seems to be more banned fiction books than non-fiction or religious.
 
2010-12-12 08:47:44 AM  

StashMonster: er ..... as far as I know "jackass" does just mean a male donkey, and all that would need explaining is that sometimes people use this as a word to call someone who does something as stupid as a donkey. People sometimes say "you donkey" for the same reason.

Am I missing something here?


Would you prefer a book that says "It's a book, stupid" for 1st graders?
 
2010-12-12 08:47:46 AM  

jonny_q: From the article, it sounds like the entire premise of the book is to "jackass" as an insult, so if the school chooses not to use the book, then whatever. I don't think I'd want a bunch of first graders running around saying "it's a book, jackass" because they think it's funny.


The real question here is why, even if that were the case? You can bully someone/whatever just as well saying "meanie poopybutt" as saying "jackass," "farker" ect. I'd rather teach my kids not to be dicks rather than to sound more socially appropriate while being dicks.
 
2010-12-12 08:48:23 AM  

Toots de la Footsjelly: First of all I'm not sure I would feel comfortable explaining "jackass" to a child.


I wouldn't feel comfortable with you explaining the word "jackass" to my child either, since apparently in your world it has some terrible and upsetting meaning.
 
2010-12-12 08:50:56 AM  

Barakku: I'd rather teach my kids not to be dicks rather than to sound more socially appropriate while being dicks.


No. You don't understand. Certain words are a form of oral magic and if you utter them aloud bad things happen. Simply using a different word to express exactly the same emotion makes it better because then the evil magic doesn't happen.
 
2010-12-12 08:52:06 AM  
Hurrumph! The only book these children need to be learning to read is their bibles!

How'd I do?
 
2010-12-12 08:53:05 AM  

Barakku: jonny_q: From the article, it sounds like the entire premise of the book is to "jackass" as an insult, so if the school chooses not to use the book, then whatever. I don't think I'd want a bunch of first graders running around saying "it's a book, jackass" because they think it's funny.

The real question here is why, even if that were the case? You can bully someone/whatever just as well saying "meanie poopybutt" as saying "jackass," "farker" ect. I'd rather teach my kids not to be dicks rather than to sound more socially appropriate while being dicks.


I think it's ok to teach kids to be dicks in moderation. I mean total abstinence from being dicks will just make them rebel and be dicks 24/7.
 
2010-12-12 08:53:22 AM  

Barakku: The real question here is why, even if that were the case? You can bully someone/whatever just as well saying "meanie poopybutt" as saying "jackass," "farker" ect. I'd rather teach my kids not to be dicks rather than to sound more socially appropriate while being dicks.


Sure. Replace the main character with one that has trouble wiping, and replace the last line with "It's a book, poopiebutt" It's hard to argue, "The character is litarally a poopiebutt, so it's not meant as an insult" when it's an obvious wordplay. And it's really not that big of a deal, either way, but there's probably other books you could choose for the curriculum. So, you have tard-outrage from parents on one hand, and an author saying "I'm being censored" on the other. Meh.
 
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