Thursday 6 January 2011 by Jill Twiss

New Huckleberry Finn edition will only allow black characters to use N-word


The new edited version of Mark Twain classic ‘The Adventures Huckleberry Finn’ is to remove all offensive language, but is keeping the N-word, though only when it is used by a black person.

The edit has caused a storm among fans of the book, first published in 1884, but publishers have defended the decision.

A spokesperson told us, “Use of the N-word is rather offensive in modern society, unless you’re black, so we have sought to reflect that in the new version of the book.”

“We have to be careful of modern sensibilities, and it seems clear to us editing the book so that only the black people in it should say the N-word is the right thing to do.”

“Though there are only 218 N-words in the book,  it’s proven quite time consuming to ensure it’s only said by people who are allowed to say it.”

Huckleberry Finn N-word

Fans of the book have complained about the edit, insisting it’s only offensive if you say the N-word, and that reading it is actually perfectly fine.

35 year-old Dave Michaels told us, “It seems a bit ridiculous to me, to be honest. I mean, you could read a page full of N-words and no-one would be any the wiser.”

“I’m saying it my head right now, and no-one is offended.  See?”

Another fan Tony Goddard said, “It seems a big fuss about nothing if you ask me. So what if it uses the word ‘nigger’ all over the place? It’s fine, I say ‘nigger’ all the time.”

“Oh, don’t worry, I’m black.”

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