Developers Offer to Buy Dr. Seuss Mural Decried as Racist
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A real estate developer and his partner have offered to buy a mural featuring a Chinese character from a Dr. Seuss book after it was deemed offensive.
The mural inside the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Massachusetts features illustrations from the author's first children's book, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street."
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The museum, which is in the author's hometown of Springfield, said Thursday the mural will be replaced after three children's authors said it contains a "jarring racial stereotype."
The Washington Post identified the authors as Mo Willems, Lisa Yee and Mike Curato.
The Republican reports Chinese-American developer Andy Yee and businessman Peter Picknelly announced Saturday they're willing to buy the mural if it's removed. Picknelly called the criticism "political correctness gone insane."
Three children's authors declined an invitation to the museum's inaugural Children's Literature Festival, which was set for Oct. 14 before being canceled. After the museum offered to take down the mural, the authors said they would attend, but the museum has not said if the festival is back on.
Democratic Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says he wants the mural to remain in the museum.