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What Have You Got Against Gay Penguins? The 10 Most Banned Books in America

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | April 13, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | April 13, 2011 |

The American Library Association, each year, keeps a record from teachers and librarians from around the country recording the number of objections raised against certain books. For the fifth year in a row, now, And Tango Makes Three tops the list of most challenged books. For the unfamiliar, it’s about the true story of two male Emperor Penguins hatching and parenting a baby chick at New York’s Central Park Zoo.

Hateful, bigoted people, of course, dislike the book, as they should. Gay penguins are melting the ice caps with all that gay penguin sex. The nine other books on the most challenged list are below, along with the chief objections (note, however, that the chief objection against Twilight is not: It’s a shitty, poorly written abstinence porn. Salinger fans, however, can rejoice! Catcher in the Rye has finally fallen out of the top ten, as has Alice Walker’s Color Purple.

1. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: Homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: Insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: Drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

6. Lush by Natasha Friend
Reasons: Drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

7. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
Reasons: Sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

8. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: Drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint

9. Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: Homosexuality, sexually explicit

10. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, violence

(Source: ALA via LA Times)

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