Naked Butt Gets Book Banned in Canada


Most reports of censorship make me angry, but all the fuss in Canada over a bare butt just makes me laugh. A ferry service in Vancouver, Canada has refused to carry Annabel Lyon’s The Golden Mean in their gift shops because the cover art features a boy’s naked backside. Sheesh.

BC Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall says they came to that decision “Because we’re obviously a ‘family show’ and we’ve got children in our gift shops, we had suggested we could carry the book if there’s what’s called a ‘belly band’ wrap around the photo.” Lyon and the book’s publisher, Random House, refused this idea, so BC Ferries banned the book.

On her blog, Lyon says that they won’t carry the book “since the trade paperback still features a bare bum on the cover. Oh, BC Ferries. You have one too, you know you do!”

The Golden Mean is an award winning fictional account of the time when Alexander the Great was tutored by Aristotle. It won the 2009 Rogers Writers’ Trust fiction prize and was a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award.

Most book bannings are over a book’s content—sex, drugs, subversive ideas—which makes this whole thing seem silly in comparison. It reminds me of cases where naked statues have been deemed inappropriate and removed from public places. The cover art is tastefully done if you ask me. What do you think? Is this book cover too obscene for children?

(Source: Calgary Herald)

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  • John

    I think the authorities should just butt out…

  • Evie

    The banning borders on the ridiculous. Unfortunately, many people still believe the human form is not “nice.” Cover is beautiful.