Replacing the “N-word” with “Robot” in Huck Fin

Update 2011.12.31: don’t support KickStarter video embeds, so you have to click through to see the video.

If this isn’t the best Kickstarter idea yet, it’s almost certainly the funniest Kickstarter video!

Friends, Robots, Public Domain Literature Fans:

We’re editing a new version of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” that won’t be bogged down with what Mark Twain was trying to say about racism.

Famous writer Ernest Hemingway once hailed “Huck Finn” as being “the best book we’ve ever had.” We agree with him-even if he did drink too much.

But this classic novel has been banned from many schools and libraries ever since it’s first publication, originally because it portrayed the African American character Jim as being human and now because of the book’s use of the word “n-word” over two hundred times.

Publisher NewSouth Books is attempting to get the book back on library shelves and in classrooms by publishing a new version that removes the controversial word “n-word” and replaces it with the word “slave.”

Critics are calling this “censorship” and “whitewashing of history.” We call it “not far enough.”

Robots instead of N-bombs: Statistically, people prefer robots to the word “n-word.” The word “n-word” is ugly and pejorative. Robots are fun and cool…even when they’re trying to take over our world! So we’ve decided to take the word “n-word” out of Mark Twain’s classic and replace it with “robot.”

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Previously on Halfblog: Tweaking Twain

(via Neatorama)