GOP Leader Delivers Dramatic Reading Of ‘Green Eggs And Ham’

Move follows publisher's decision to yank six Dr. Seuss books
Wyomissing, PA - March 4: Copies of "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street", "If I Ran the Zoo", and "McElligot's Pool", three of the books by Dr. Suess that will no longer be published. At the Wyomissing Public Library in Wyomissing Thursday afternoon March 4, 2021. Six books by children's book author Dr. Suess will no longer be published because they "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong". (Photo by
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) took to Twitter on Friday to deliver a dramatic reading of a Dr. Seuss classic amid the canceling of the legendary children’s book writer.

“I still like Dr. Seuss, so I decided to read Green Eggs and Ham,” the California Republican wrote Friday night, urging viewers to retweet “of you still like him too!” He then read the entire book.

“Would you like them in a house? Would you like them with a mouse?” McCarthy read.

I do not like them
in a house.
I do not like them
with a mouse.
I do not like them
here or there.
I do not like them
I do not like
green eggs and ham.
I do not like them,

McCarthy’s reading came after the publisher of Dr. Seuss books on Tuesday announced that it would stop selling six titles, citing racist and insensitive imagery. “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement.

“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,” the company told the outlet in a statement Tuesday, which was the 117th birthday of Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel.

The company that seeks to preserve and protect the author’s works said they will no longer publish “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.”

While millions of American children have been raised with the books, which include positive messages about tolerance and protecting the environment, some have drawn criticism over the way blacks, Asians and others are drawn. The author has also been ripped for his earlier advertising and propaganda illustrations.

One illustration in the 1937 work “And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street” shows a “Chinaman who eats with sticks,” a caricatured picture of an Asian man using chopsticks. Drawings in “If I Ran The Zoo,” published in 1950, shows some black characters resembling monkeys, along with an illustration of an Arab chieftain on a camel with a caption that suggests he should be in a zoo.

Prices soared online. For example, when searching for “If I Ran The Zoo,” the Amazon site listed “1 new,” “1 used,” and “1 collectible,” but when clicking on the links for “new” or “used,” a message popped up reading, “Currently there are no other sellers matching your location and/or item specification.” Yet a “collectible” link showed the book available for $1,500.

Dr. Seuss books leaped onto Amazon’s top 10 bestselling list on Wednesday, a day after the publisher announced it was yanking six books from the catalog over alleged racist and insensitive content.

Seuss’ books, among them “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham” and “Fox in Socks,” made up nine of the top 10 bestselling books on Wednesday morning. And within the Top 50 books, there were more than 30 Seuss titles.

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