Before Cancel Culture: Amazon’s Audible Features a Dozen Dr. Seuss Books Read by Celebrities

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With iconic children’s book author Dr. Seuss in the crosshairs of the cancel culture left, — a Virginia school removed Dr. Seuss books from its Read Across America program, Joe Biden leaving Dr. Seuss’ name off his presidential proclamation, six of the author’s books were pulled from publication for “racist and insensitive” depictions — a slew of Hollywood celebrities are being put on the spot they have spent years reading the good Dr.’s books on tape.

Amazon’s e-book seller Audible lists 30 results featuring Dr. Seuss books read by celebrities. The top celebrities are listed as reading Dr. Seuss titles, including Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Socks, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, The Cat in the Hat, and many more.

The list includes Fraiser stars Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce, Seinfeld star Jason Alexander, Cheers star Ted Danson, Monty Python cast member John Cleese, and more.

There are many more:

  • John Lithgow
  • Billy Crystal
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Walter Matthau
  • Mercedes McCambridge
  • Michael McKean
  • Neil Patrick Harris
  • Anjelica Huston
  • Jason Lee
  • Peter Dinklage
  • William H. Macy
  • Joan Cusack
  • Edward Herrmann
  • Samira Wiley
  • Rainn Wilson
  • Chris Cox
  • Charles Cohen
  • David Walliams

Attacks pushed by the cancel culture left have come in fast this week after a Virginia school removed the author’s books from its Read Across America event over the author’s claimed “strong racial overtones” to his work. The school’s announcement was only the first move against Theodor Seuss Geisel’s books. President Joe Biden also summarily didn’t mention Dr. Seuss during his presidential proclamation for “Read Across America Day.”

Also, back in 2011, several celebrities loaned their voices to readings of several “lost stories” by Dr. Seuss. The stars included Neil Patrick Harris, Anjelica Huston, William H. Macy, Joan Cusack, Jason Lee, Edward Herrmann, and Peter Dinklage.

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