McElligot's Pool... seriously?!! One of my personal childhood favourites; along with The Lorax. I'm guessing that, in the 1940s, he probably didn't realise that the term "Inuit" might have been more culturally sensitive?

@mootParadox That's not the point, though, is it? You could say the same about 'Tintin in the Congo' which is super-racist (and therefore out of print)

@dajbelshaw He illustrates a fish, wearing a parka, and calls it an "Eskimo Fish". I still think it's a bit harsh. But I know what you mean. You can't defend something on the basis that you happen to have fond memories of it.

@dajbelshaw That sounds excellent, thanks for the link. I'll have a listen this afternoon. As examples, I've enjoyed Ian Fleming's Bond stories, but the racism and sexism are really jarring now, far more than when I was collecting Pan paperbacks back in the 80s. I recently read Blood Meridian, and I listened to the audiobook of Tom Sawyer; don't know if they're racist or not? Herman Melville and his noble savages? I'm interested to hear their take on these kinds of issues...

@mootParadox It's a minefield, and depends on your context / use case.

For example, I don't like Morrissey's politics but I like his music.

For example, I really enjoyed some films and books (including the ones you've mentioned) but I always check Common Sense Media these days before allowing my kids at them.

@dajbelshaw Interesting discussion, but the playback keeps stopping for me. ☹️ I'll try another device. Common Sense Media is a good resource, but I find some of their parent reviews quite perplexing... someone takes their 17 year old daughter to watch Booksmart and are sickened by the appalling immortality! I've lost some faith in IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes is sometimes ok. I drift towards Metacritic, and RogerEbert reviews seem like the best match to my own film tastes.

@mootParadox Yeah, we take it with a pinch of salt but it's useful for flagging stuff that we personally care about (i.e. not so bothered about the swearing, more bothered about venerating materialism)

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