Missouri School Bans Slaughterhouse Five, Help Fight Censorship

Frank Chimero's Poster for 'Slaughterhosue Five'

I received a Google notification this morning saying that io9 had posted an article citing something from TFIB. Unfortunately I was in an orientation this morning and didn’t have a chance to really read the article, only seeing that io9 had decided to use the poster that Frank Chimero had created for the old Kitsune Noir Poster Club created way back when, which is how I got looped into this. Sadly, it seems that the school board of Republic High School in Missouri has banned the book from the school, citing a complaint from Missouri University professor Wesley Scroggins. Here’s what he had to say:

This is a book that contains so much profane language, it would make a sailor blush with shame. The “f word” is plastered on almost every other page. The content ranges from naked men and women in cages together so that others can watch them having sex to God telling people that they better not mess with his loser, bum of a son, named Jesus Christ.

All I have to say is that’s fucking stupid.

So in response, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is giving the 150 students who were effected by this decision a free copy of the book, effectively fighting the ridiculous censorship imposed by the school board. Not only that, but Frank Chimero will be donating 100% of the profits from the poster he created to the Memorial Library to be able to ship more books out.

Please join me in supporting the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Frank Chimero, and freedom of speech by either purchasing Frank Chimero’s Slaughterhouse Five poster on Society 6 or by donating directly to the Memorial Library. It would also be helpful to spread the word about this and contact the school board and superintendent directly about this. Banning books is and will always be wrong.


5 Comments Missouri School Bans Slaughterhouse Five, Help Fight Censorship

  1. Brennan August 9, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    So it goes.

    But seriously, full support to your cause. Definitely donating.

  2. Tom August 9, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Wasn’t aware of this, thanks for letting us know. Just sent our donation.

  3. Frank August 9, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Scary. I can’t help thinking about what Kurt might have had to say about this!

  4. Peter August 10, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Let them ban the book. They are ensuring that more people will read the book they are so afraid of. Vonnegut will be the most read author in Missouri.

    Often ignorance gives you the thing you most wished wasn’t so.

  5. Chris August 11, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    “Let them ban the book. They are ensuring that more people will read the book they are so afraid of.”

    Thats usually the case, I agree, but when the censors are also supposed to be educators the problem deepens.

    Wesley Scroggins? Thats an even worse name than Kilgore Trout.

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