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The Last Week Tonight host said the right-wing personalities were ignoring unflattering headlines about the officially debunked claim that the Capitol insurrectionists were actually liberals in disguise. Instead, they were trying to drum up fear and bitterness by propagating the Dr. Seuss development, he said.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises said of the decision, “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong. Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families.”
Oliver honed his rebuttal mostly on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and Glenn Beck, who said the move to stop publishing the books was “fascism” amid cancel culture.
“A company deciding which of its own books it will or won’t print is an example of free enterprise, not fascism,” Oliver said, before showing some of the racist images from the books that are going out of print. The images were so offensive, Oliver noted, none were shown on Fox News as Carlson cried foul.
“Are these really things that we want to fight for kids to see?” asked Oliver. “To be honest, I am squeamish about showing them to you right now.”
Oliver teed off on Carlson as he noted the Fox News personality was doing all he could to ignore the debunked insurrectionists claim, which he previously propagated on his show.
“So instead, Tucker and the conservative media fell back on their classic playbook, distracting from important issues with bullshit culture wars,” Oliver said. “It’s incredibly lazy, and it’s depressingly effective.”
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