Scholastic, a large publisher of children’s books, announced that they will immedately stop the sale and distribution of a book over “passive racism” allegations.
Scholastic announced that they will immediately stop the sale and distribution of “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk,” a book published eleven years ago. The book was written by successful children’s author Dav Pilkey, who wrote “Captain Underpants” and “Dog Man.”
On Monday, March 22, 2021, with the full support of Dav Pilkey, Scholastic halted distribution of the 2010 book The Adventures of Ook and Gluk,” said Scholastic, “Together, we recognize that this book perpetuates passive racism. We are deeply sorry for this serious mistake.”
The publisher also stated that they plan on attempting to remove the book from libraries and schools.
“Scholastic has removed the book from our websites, stopped fulfillment of any orders (domestically or abroad), contacted our retail partners to explain why this book is no longer available, and sought a return of all inventory,” said Scholastic. “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.”
In an apology video Plikey uploaded to YouTube, the author claimed his book promoted Asian “racial stereotypes.”
“About ten years ago I created a book about a group of friends who save the world using Kung Fu and the principles found in Chinese philosophy,” said Pilkey.
“‘The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future’ was intended to showcase diversity, equality, and non-violent conflict resolution,” continued Plikey. “But this week it was brought to my attention that this book also contains harmful racial stereotypes and passively racist imagery. I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly apologize for this.”
“It was and is wrong and harmful to my Asian readers, friends, and family, and to all Asian people,” explained Pilkey.