Online retail website eBay has decided to embrace their inner wokeness and is starting to remove the six Dr. Seuss books that have been “canceled” by the main publisher due to “racist” and “insensitive” imagery.
A spokeswoman for eBay spoke with the fine folks over at Washington Examiner and stated they would no longer allow sellers to list those six books for sale.
“At eBay, we have a strict policy against hate and discrimination to ensure our platform remains a safe, trusted and inclusive environment for our global community of buyers and sellers,” eBay Corporate Communications Specialist Parmita Choudhury stated concerning the matter. “We’re currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items. It can take some time to review all existing listings and provide education to impacted users. We’re also monitoring the newly published list to be reviewed.”
Following the announcement on Tuesday that Dr. Seuss Enterprises would stop publishing six of the children’s author’s titles (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), owners of the books began listing their copies for up to tens of thousands of dollars on online retailers such as eBay and Amazon.
One such person was Carol Carson from Arkansas, who sought to sell a copy of And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street on her eBay store, only to have the listing taken down.
A screenshot that Carson shared with the Washington Examiner shows the message that eBay sent her in explaining the delisting. “We had to remove your listing because it didn’t follow our Offensive material policy. Listings that promote or glorify hatred, violence, or discrimination aren’t allowed,” the message read.
Carson relisted the book, but it’s bound to get removed once again. Another screenshot she shared with the Washington Examiner showed the book receiving bids for as much as $147.
“I don’t understand why they’re taking them down other than virtue signaling,” Carson went on to say. “They have so many other listings that are WAY more offensive. I sell books for a living. This was the first time I’ve ever had a post get bids so early on.”
Guess what you can still find on eBay while these six books are being removed? How about Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
“The item you mentioned is also prohibited on our marketplace — thank you for flagging. With millions of transactions happening every day on our platform across more than 190 markets, we are constantly evaluating and making improvements to ensure prohibited items remain off eBay,” Choudhury responded.
Welcome to cancel culture, folks. Instead of learning from our past and using the past to help us not make the same mistakes in the future, the radical left wants to erase our history and pretend like it never happened.
That’s not how people grow and become better. This is the worst kind of virtue signaling. Now eBay is participating in the erasure of cultural treasures. Sad times.