No More N——: Alabama Publisher To Censor Everything

By Bill Matthews

Huck and N—– Jim in better times

(BIRMINGHAM) On the heels of removing ‘n——‘ from Mark Twain’s The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, an Alabama publisher has decided to censor the word in all its forms from other works of fiction, starting with this article.

He then tackled the ouevre of 1990s gangsta rap group NWA, which stands for N—– With Attitude.

“Sure, it’s spelled with an ‘a-z’ at the end, but when you boil it down, it’s still n—–,” Mark Twain scholar Alan Gribben, who removed n—– from Finn, told The Peoples News.

Finn, first published in the 1880s, has been controversial for years, partly because Huck Finn’s companion, a slave, is called N—– Jim throughout.

Gribben removed 219 instances of n—— from the novel. He had to remove far more n—— from one NWA song.

“I was up all night hitting delete and replace. I’m still not finished,” said a bleary-eyed Gribben.

The ghost of NWA leader Eazy-E, who died of AIDS in 1995, said he was appalled that his work was being touched.

“You’re not telling the true story of the ‘hood if you don’t use n—–,” he said, speaking through a Ouija board. Then noticing that n—– had been censored in that sentence, Eazy went ballistic: “What the fuck is up with censoring n—–? Oh shit! How come I can say shit and fuck but n—– is wrong? And how come there are five dashes after the N? I’m not saying n—– with an ‘e-r’ at the end; I’m saying n—– with just an ‘a.’ That’s some bullshit.”

Snoop Dogg was the next to feel Gribben’s wrath. He now can barely speak. The book Soul on Ice is just a bunch of blank pages, and movies like Juice and Menace II Society are now silent films.

Hundreds of people have complained about the n——washing of Finn.

“This is liberalism run amok!” cried Janey Frampton.

“We want our n——!” shouted Rose McGowan.

“Political correctness has destroyed America!” ranted T-Bone Murphy.

Gribben, though, was undeterred.

Huckleberry Finn is one of the greatest, if not the greatest novel in American literature,” he said. “So I edited it. What’s the harm in that?”

© 2011 The Peoples News



7 thoughts on “No More N——: Alabama Publisher To Censor Everything

  1. It’s really appalling that this man even calls himself a “Twain scholar,” as the author in question is probably doing backflips in his grave.
    Your take on the situation–as always–is spot on and witty as hell 🙂

    Posted by Stephan | January 7, 2011, 10:23 am
  2. Rose Mcgowan! HAHA! That’s so random! I love it!

    And don’t fault Mark Twain for right this everybody. He was a real G, trust me. He was dating Harriet Tubbman at the time.

    Posted by Lou | January 7, 2011, 11:03 am
  3. …okay that should be “writing”. No more Hennessy morning smoothies for me.

    Posted by Lou | January 7, 2011, 11:04 am
  4. This is all about limiting Free Speech. After all, censorship is everywhere. The gov’t (and their big business cronies) censor free speech, shut down dissent and ban the book “America Deceived II”. Free speech for all, especially Mark Twain.

    Posted by Jack | January 7, 2011, 3:32 pm
  5. I have read many “period pieces” and found that in context that the language gave you a good reference of time & place. Things of this nature should be used as a learning tool, rather than a jumping off point for people” who think who they are” rather than “what is was like” Totally silly person………..

    Posted by Elizabeth | January 7, 2011, 7:15 pm
  6. When he gets done with the “n” word, and all it’s derivatives, he needs to start editing out the word “gay”.

    Posted by Renee | January 10, 2011, 11:20 pm
  7. The fact that the “n word” is being focused on or referred to as such is a form of racism. We will never get past it if we repeatedly bring its presence to our attention. And the nerve of this dude to say that “..a” and “..er” are the same exact thing. In this modern day society words have gained new meaning or instances in which they can be used, and unfortunately the rap industry has cultivated this into a slang term used so flippantly nobody even realizes what’s being said, not to mention its pretty much used like a comma in many songs. Take the common phrase “I was chillen with ma niggaz” which now means “I was socializing with my closest/ truest/ realest friends” and think “that kid just said …ers, that’s a derogatory term for black person” is being friggin racist.

    As for the editing of Huck Finn, I hope Twain’s ghost finds this guy somewhere so he can stop him from fouling up one of american literature’s finest. How could this man study and truly appreciate Twain’s work yet maintain such a misguided belief that its some sort of “blasphemy.” The fact that Twain wrote this the way he did is crucial to its existence. It is intended to portray those specific times and in light of that its trying to paint a clear picture for us all to remember NEVER TO GO BACK to the way things were. People read that book and say wow, the horrors of racism and slavery, its a shame that man is capable of such things, let’s try not to do that again.. Any of us”

    Posted by stopediting goodbooks | January 25, 2011, 1:31 am

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