By Bill Matthews
(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