Aug
21
2011

Jane Yolen doesn’t want your filthy conservative eyes…

[YET ANOTHER UPDATE]: Since this post has long since left the front page, I suggest that those of you upset that Jane Yolen has been accurately pegged as a hateful bigot go here instead to waste time writing bitter screeds about censorship that will be sent directly to spam… unread*, unloved, and unremembered.  Aside from everything else, the site automatically closes threads after a fixed length of time; this will give you a few extra days to distract you from the spiritual void that forces you to play moth to the flame.

Nay, thank me not.  Just buy stuff on Amazon.

*Unless I need them to fund my next pledge drive, of course.

[FURTHER UPDATE] Annnd somebody wins the coveted ‘direct-to-spam’ award for continuing to pout. I think that’s worth the PayPal button, don’t you?


Hey, this is how I got all those donations for the iPad2, remember? I don’t know why it works, either, but it apparently does and I don’t argue with any harmless societal quirk that feeds my gaming habit.  Which, unfortunately, seems to be happening with the iPad2, too.  Surely there’s a non-iPhone digital video camera that the iPad2 version of iMovies likes

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[UPDATE] Thanks for the hate mail, folks!  Glad to get confirmation that I struck a nerve.

looking at her children’s books:

[The Capital Times]: What had you heard about our senator from Wisconsin, Ron Johnson, before you read my piece and what concerns you about the idea of him reading one of your stories to children?

[Jane Yolen]: He is a Republican junior senator associated with the Tea Party. And that makes me think that either he is 1. A True Believer in the Tea Party NoNothingness which frightens me or 2. Kowtowing to it for votes which possibly frightens me more. Since the Tea Party (and alas much of the Republican Party these days) are the ones behind the notions of breaking unions, throwing librarians out of their jobs, and defunding education, I think it is more than a tad bit disingenuous for such politicians to be out in libraries reading books to children who will have no libraries to visit if we listen to the Tea Party.

The book in question was “How do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?” Apparently, the answer is “Only in a proper, progressive manner.” Personally, if I was a children’s author I might be a little more careful about spewing out my elemental hatred of a demographic known for its relatively larger family sizes, but I suppose that Yolen has not yet realized that potential readers can find out about these petty little prejudices these days. Either that, or it’s simply more important to her that she remind the world that courtesy and politeness only be shown to what Yolen apparently considers real people: that is to say, non-conservatives.

One final point: it is of course perfectly acceptable for Jane Yolen to be a hateful bigot in this country: we have, after all, freedom of speech and expression here. It’s also perfectly acceptable to suggest that you consider that hateful bigotry when you make the financial decision of what books to buy for your children. Or, for that matter, which books are to be read to them by their teachers; I’m probably going to have to make sure that I have a conversation along those lines in a week or so when the school year starts for my eldest.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: “NoNothingness?” I assume that she’s referring to the Know-Nothing Party of the 19th century. Well, you have to expect that a former McGovern delegate who’ll actually admit to it these days isn’t going to be the best-educated person out there.

31 Comments

  • Heartlander says:

    DANG. This author was one of our top family favorites when my kids were younger. What IS IT with these people?

  • Annette says:

    Well this just makes me sad I have quite a few of her adult novels and the dino books for kids were part of the nightly rotation. I bought quite a few as presents as well. Fortunately there are many good children’s books that I can purchase and not know what the author thinks of me or mine.

  • Jeff Weimer says:

    Well, the reporter from the CT lobbed up a softball seemingly set to be hit into left field.

    Of course nowadays the personal really is the political, and thus only approved persons are allowed to say and do what is approved….

  • Jeff Weimer says:

    Jane Yolen: Google alert. Most of the time it is years out of date, and usually totally uninteresting. But this time, it pointed me to your piece, and I was alternately amused, bemused, and annoyed. Not at the writer of the article, but at the co-opting of my book for a politician’s photo op.

    You know, i think she wouldn’t have near as much heartache about a “politician’s photo op” if it were, say, Obama who read that book to schoolchildren. Of Barney Frank, for that matter. They act in the proper way, you know….

  • Rob Crawford says:

    I wonder if the “NoNothing” came from her or from the interviewer. If it’s from the interviewer attempting to transcribe her words, then put that alongside the confusion over “NUTS!” as an example of journalism schools covering themselves in glory.

  • Moe_Lane says:

    Rob: according to the article, it was an online conversation, so I assume that it was Yolen who wrote ‘NoNothingness.’

  • Cameron says:

    I hope that Mrs. Yolen stretches properly before painting people with that broad brush.

  • qixlqatl says:

    “NoNothingness” is perfectly appropriate when describing the tea party, the initial ‘no’ cancelling the following ‘nothingness’ indicating that the tea party must be substantial. I guess Ms. Yolens needs to start running her net interview replies past a proofreader and/or editor…..

  • Murgatroyd says:

    Liberals like to lecture the rest of us that an artist’s work should be evaluated on its own merits, and any political statements by the artist were irrelevant … as long as the artist is a left-winger. This was particularly common when Vanessa Redgrave and Jane Fonda were expressing their pro-communist opinions — how dare those evil conservatives boycott a film just because it starred an apologist for totalitarian mass-murderers. But now I guess conservatives aren’t allowed to read a book by someone who despises them. Go figure.

  • Demosthenes says:

    She may also have been attempting a very clever rendition of the old and nonsensical “Party of No” bit. When asked if they stand for anything / will do anything / will compromise anything, I imagine Yolen might reply, the Tea Partiers would say, “No, nothing!” Then again, I would prefer to imagine it was an embarrassing word-choice gaffe.

  • Ric Locke says:

    Rob Allen (Sharp as a Marble) has the perfect graphic to hand to Ms. Yolen and similar pontificators:

    http://blog.robballen.com/images/Windows-Live-Writer/I-hate-being-kept-in-the-dark_A797/image_3.png

    Maxine Waters might profitably receive a copy, though she probably wouldn’t get it.

    Regards,
    Ric

  • Diane Ravitch has some interesting things to point out about Jane Yolen and authors like her in The Language Police http://tinyurl.com/4xqlz2m A shame; she used to be a pretty fair sf/fantasy author, but like Hubbard, she found a better con.

  • I have no idea where people like Ms. Yolen get the idea that if given free rein, the first thing Republicans, Conservatives and Tea Party types will do is rush right out and close all the libraries. I mean, I know a lot of political conservatives (being one myself), and I don’t know a single one who doesn’t have shelves full of books. I own probably a few thousand books myself, some of them written by Ms. Yolen. OTOH: when almost all spending has been taken off the table because it’s all under Entitlements (which Liberals typically champion), and if spending must be cut somewhere, maybe the only things left are libraries (and policemen, firemen, and other critical services). I suppose it’s our fault when the only thing that CAN get cut, gets cut? Yes. Of course it is.

  • Jeff Weimer says:

    Moe, you have to share some of that hate mail. I love to see their little minds while they’re exploding.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      The problem is that they’re not really what you’d call creative, Jeff. I mean, do I really need to tell you that there people out there that think that I’m an idiot, or who don’t get the concept of private property? Really good ones I might reproduce, but honestly mostly they’re just boring.

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  • ellid says:

    You might want to know that this is starting to go viral, so calling an award-winning, popular author who’s written extensively about the effects of prejudice a bigot may not go over well.

    Just saying.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      …Not to be rude about this, but being on DU doesn’t really count as ‘starting to go viral’ these days. It’s barely one-tenth of an Instalanche at this point; I’d be getting better traffic from secondary spillage off of one of the A-List blogs or sites.

      Points for trying, but I am a professional.

  • ellid says:

    Try over 200 forwards on Facebook and counting.

  • ellid says:

    Congratulations, Moe. You just got retweeted by Neil Gaiman, and the forwards (including the URL of this blog) on Facebook are almost 500 and climbing.

    Enjoy your fifteen minutes of fame.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Nah, that was *last* week, when the Governor of South Carolina thanked me for helping her get elected. You folks need to do more oppo research.

      But thanks for raising my ad rates!

      Bye.

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  • Bonny Becker says:

    >>OTOH: when almost all spending has been taken off the table because it’s all under Entitlements (which Liberals typically champion), and if spending must be cut somewhere, maybe the only things left are libraries (and policemen, firemen, and other critical services). I suppose it’s our fault when the only thing that CAN get cut, gets cut? Yes. Of course it is.<<

    I'm not hearing any mention of defense, it's not balanced to only cite entitlements as the untouchable item. And, if as the Right insists there's no way to raise taxes, then, yes, what's left is to cut those things that can be cut. I'm a Democrat, but willing to see some changes to entitlements. Where are you willing to compromise on, so we can keep things like libraries and other critical services?

  • Demosthenes says:

    Bonny: Of course you’re not hearing any mention of defense spending being cut. That’s because you prefer to act with the conservatives who exist in your head, rather than the ones who actually exist in the real world. Most of us are quite willing to concede that EVERY area of the budget needs cut, defense included. But to not recognize that entitlement spending is a far bigger threat to the future fiscal picture is delusional.

  • Demosthenes says:

    Oh, almost forgot this gem: “I’m a Democrat, but willing to see some changes to entitlements. Where are you willing to compromise on, so we can keep things like libraries and other critical services?” Number one, and I’m trying to be polite here, nobody cares what you’re willing to see changed. Are you a member of Congress? A state legislator, perhaps? No — you’re just a person like the rest of us. It’s not like you come here with authority to deal. It’s not like anyone here has the authority to deal. So a discussion on the subject would be nothing more than academic. Number two, a library is not a critical service within the context of the federal government — which is the budget we’re talking about, right? You want libraries kept open, take it up with your state and city officials.

  • Damon says:

    Demosthenes: “isn’t that included in the point the author in question was attempting to make? “Number two, a library is not a critical service within the context of the federal government — which is the budget we’re talking about, right? You want libraries kept open, take it up with your state and city officials.” That perhaps those sympathetic to the Tea Party and it’s basic principles would see cuts in government spending to the point where we wouldn’t have public libraries like the one in which the senator was reading her book?

  • Demosthenes says:

    I’m going to give Damon the benefit of the doubt and assume he didn’t read the comment I was responding to, and so doesn’t realize that his comment is a bit of a non sequitur. But I’ll just do it the once.

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