Book by 'Captain Underpants' author pulled over complaints of racist stereotypes

Dav Pilkey's book, "The Adventures of Ook and Gluk," was removed from Scholastic's website after receiving complaints.
3:14 | 03/30/21

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Transcript for Book by 'Captain Underpants' author pulled over complaints of racist stereotypes
I want to turn to another children's book we're talking about being pulled from shelves after a complaint that it contains racist stereotypes. The book is by the author whose "Captain underpants" series and "Dogman" novels have sold millions of copies. Zohreen shah has more. It's actually the author who is behind this decision. Reporter: It is, T.J. So actually starts with a dad first, a dad says he saw racist imagery in his son's Dave Pilkey book and some groups say stereotypes over time can sometimes lead to violence like the kind we're seeing against asian-americans so the dad took action changing the narrative. This morning, world renowned author Dave Pilkey's children book being taken off shelves for what its publisher calls passive ratism that normalizes discrimination. The book, "Ook and gluk," was a graphic novel from the "Captain underpants" author with cave men training at the master Wong's school of Kung Fu. Billy Kim posting a complaint about the book to change.org last Thursday saying the book includes a Kung Fu master, wearing what's purported to be a traditional style tang coat, dashes for eyes for the Asian character and stereotypical Chinese proverbs. The author calling Billy and his two young boys a couple days later and publicly apologizing saying he hopes his readers will forgive me and learn from my mistake, even unintentional and passive stereotypes and racism is harmful to everyone. The publisher taking swift action saying they, quote, recognize this book perpetuates passive racism adding they've pulled the book from their websites and stopped all orders. Father Billy saying the conversation was a great example of how open dialogue can bring about positive change. Adding his family remains fans of Pilkey. Deciding to pull this book has a pretty significant impact, not just on the publishing industry, not just on the kinds of books that are already on the marketplace but on the way that future authors will think about what they're creating. Reporter: It's the latest piece pulled from the entertainment world due to its offensive nature. The Seuss estate pulling six Dr. Seuss books with similar sear Joe types to Pilkey's book like an Asian man with yellow skin and slanted lines for eyes running with chopsticks and the space jam movie revealing Pepe LE pew cut from the film. The play boy-like skunk never taking no for an answer seen by some as contributing to rape culture. Especially for kids, these ideas and these images travel pretty deep. It's important that we acknowledge the power of these stories to shape our attitudes. Reporter: Pilkey says he is determined to make this a teachable men. He and his wife pledging to donate that book's advance and royalties to multiple charities including organizations that help stop Asian hatred, T.J. Zohreen like they say, open dialogue can lead to some change. Thank you so much.

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