Robot, Please

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the new edition of Huckleberry Finn that will edit out the N-bomb and replace it with the word “slave” (a word that has no negative connotations!). Someone has decided that this historical revisionism does not go nearly far enough!

The tweeting of comedian Chris Hardwick (aka @nerdist) alerted me to an insane/awesome project: publishing a custom edition of Huckleberry Finn in which every instance of That Word is replaced by “robot.” The originators of the idea–Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine–launched a Kickstarter page for it, with the expectation that more money raised = a more awesome book (i.e., illustrations and other goodies). Different levels of donation can earn you different items as well, such as an invite to the launch party in LA.

Peep the video below for more information. It’s a spot-on parody of the intellectual dishonesty behind the original literary scrubbing, as well as a comment about how the attempts to “clean it up” dehumanizes the character of Jim just as much as the racists in the book who casually hurl epithets at him. Oh, and the video is pretty damn funny, too.