You know I adore Dr. Seuss. I’m a Seussian at heart, embracing the wisdom and insight of his stories and the messages intertwined between meaningful words and mesmerizing visuals. It’s genius in my book.
I’ve never been more proud than reading books like Oh! The Places You’ll Go! and The Lorax with my children. Afterward they always say, “Mom, that’s your favorite, isn’t it?” and I just beam. Yes, they are all my favorites.
It’s true that movies made from books often disappoint so that point is not lost on me, but in this case it breaks my heart a little. When I saw the commercial the other day for The Lorax Movie I juggled feelings of sadness, disbelief, outrage, disappointment and fury like hot potatoes, and I only saw a brief part of the commercial!
“You wouldn’t hit a woman…” a person says to the Lorax who appears to be having a disagreement with someone.
“That’s a woman!!??” the Lorax shouts while gesturing to a person looking at him.
I’m offended and disgusted on so many levels I can’t see straight, but I’ll list some of my grievances in no particular order…
1. Dr. Seuss created the Lorax as an advocate for living creatures, not a prejudiced hater.
2. What studio exec thought this type of “humor” was funny?
3. How many people are saying this exact line right now? How does this close people’s minds in the face of so much gender positive media lately? It clouds a very important awakening to say the least.
4. How many kids/adults think that this is what can get them a laugh in school/work right now? One of the hardest places for kids (trans or not) is school. Do we really need another suggestion for ammunition? Do we need to raise the level of bullying?????
5. How many people are on the receiving end of this hateful “joke” right now? How many people are with struggling with classmates/ co workers/ family members/ neighbors, etc. because of the harassment this type of “joke” encourages?
How many people is this hurting because it certainly isn’t helping anyone? It is hate-filled, gratuitous and disgusting.
Do you really want to buy into that kind of disease in our society? If not, use your voice and tell Universal Studios that you are boycotting this movie because of its hateful message.
Dr. Seuss shared a world of inclusion and respect for ALL people, that’s why I love him. Think Sneeches. Think Gertrude McFuzz. Think of all of his characters that felt/looked/sounded a little different, but deserved to be treated equally. Universal Studios don’t deserve to use his name, message or renderings.
As a long time fan of Dr. Seuss and a parent of a gender diverse child and a woman and a compassionate person, I’d like an official apology. Now.