EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, defined how his current children’s book is a fable meant to warn concerning the risks of cancel culture.
“You’ve got reach all audiences,” Crenshaw instructed Fox News in an interview. “Parents are increasingly frustrated by their school’s curriculum. They can go find left-wing progressive and woke children’s books out there. It’s pretty hard to find exclusively conservative-themed children’s products.”
Explaining how Brave Books approached him concerning the undertaking, Crenshaw stated he noticed it as a possibility to fill that void.
“Fame, Blame, and the Raft of Shame” is the fourth in a sequence of titles by conservative authors from Brave Books.
Founded by CEO Trent Talbot earlier this yr, the conservative writer seeks to be “a conservative alternative to the current cultural activism that our children are being taught in schools, in the entertainment they watch and the books they read,” in line with its website.
Brave Books circumvents Amazon by providing mother and father one book monthly for an annual subscription. Other authors have included Ashley St. Clair, Elizabeth Johnson, and Jack Posobiec.
“I think the way they do it is pretty cool, using a variety of different conservative authors who write about different themes within the same sort of universe,” Crenshaw stated of their undertaking.
‘Not that simple’
Though written for youngsters and that includes varied cartoon animal characters, the themes in Crenshaw’s book get to the guts of the culture wars.
Crenshaw, who performed an intimate position in crafting the story, defined that defining cancel culture for youngsters was “kind of tricky.”
“I think conservatives wrongly view cancel culture as a very simple question of either being able to say whatever the hell you want or being silenced,” stated Crenshaw. “It is not that simple. And I wanted to craft this story that kind of exposes the nuance of what we mean by cancel culture.”
The story takes place in an underwater metropolis protected by a dome of seaweed, which begins to crack as extra characters are banished for varied offenses and hurled by way of the dome on a “raft of shame.”
Readers who’re conversant in Crenshaw’s story will see parallels in what each the animals and the congressman have skilled.
Regarding one incident between a skunk character and a mountain lion that’s an unmistakable reference to Crenshaw’s interplay with comic Pete Davidson in 2018, Crenshaw defined why the story emphasizes the significance of forgiveness.
“The reason immediate forgiveness made sense in that case was because of intent,” he stated of the Davidson controversy. “And intent is a really important question that I don’t know if people ask these days. Did the person intend you harm, or did they just make a really dumb joke that just didn’t land right?
“Are they being canceled and yelled at due to one thing they did or stated that was possibly clumsy and possibly silly—and possibly they need to apologize for—however they did not imply any hurt towards anyone?
“Cancel culture often jumps to that conclusion: that the person is intentionally bad, intentionally meant that microaggression … and it’s just not true.”
‘Clear message of forgiveness’
The finish parts of the book are replete with actions and workout routines for fogeys and kids to look at the teachings of the book, that are bolstered with Bible verses.
The congressman careworn the significance that religion performs in overcoming cancel culture.
“Faith is about grace, right? Showing grace even in the face of your enemies. That’s also the very clear message of forgiveness. And Christianity, of course, is linked with a sense of grace. So it’s easy to use the Bible, and I think necessary to use the Bible, as a way to guide sort of our moral actions and how we forge relationships with one another.
“The Bible is filled with tales that assist us on that path,” he added. “And so it can all the time be helpful in that regard, I believe.”
Crenshaw also warned about where American society is headed if cancel culture is not eradicated.
“People are simply changing into angrier, extra resentful, extra bitter, extra divided,” he said, adding that he is concerned cancel culture “is manifesting in some harmful ways in which manifest in additional blatant actions.”
Pinpointing the censorship from Big Tech, which he said is banning debate on issues that demand nuance, Crenshaw said such an attitude is also rife in the universities and even in corporations. Such a culture, he said, has cultivated an environment where most Americans are afraid to speak their minds.
“In polls, 80% of Americans assume political correctness has gone method too far,” he said. “So that is the nice news, proper? This is what I attempt to inform individuals who assume they should bow all the way down to the cancel culture mob. They’re often company CEOs or one thing like that. ‘You do not must!’ That loud minority is only a very small minority. Twitter is not actual life.
“I wish the adults in the room would learn that,” he added.
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