The publisher of the successful children’s novel series Captain Underpants has announced that the book is being pulled from libraries and bookstores for what he says “perpetuates passive racism.”
Author Dav Pilkey has already issued an apology for the 2010 “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk.” He says the book “contains harmful racial stereotypes” and is “wrong and harmful to my Asian readers.”
Another huge children’s book company, Scholastic, says that the book has been pulled from their website and that orders for the book have been stopped.
“We will take steps to inform schools and libraries who may still have this title in circulation of our decision to withdraw it from publication,” the publisher said in a statement.
Pilkey is looking to take a negative about the book and make it a positive. He stated in a YouTube video that he is taking his advancements and royalties and donating them to groups dedicated to stopping violence against Asians and to promoting diversity in children’s books and publishing.
“I hope that you, my readers, will forgive me, and learn from my mistake that even unintentional and passive stereotypes and racism are harmful to everyone,” he wrote.
“I apologize, and I pledge to do better.”