Daily Hilarity: Hipster Huck Finn

Literary Revisionism of the Day: In light of the controversy surrounding the replacement of the N-word with “slave” in an upcoming edition of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn, Richard Grayson has decided this would be as good a time as any to douse the flames with gasoline. His Hipster Huckleberry Finn replaces every instance of the N-word with the word “hipster.” For instance:  Jim was monstrous proud about it, and he got so he wouldn’t hardly notice the other hipsters. Hipsters would come miles to hear Jim tell about it, and he was more looked up to than any hipster in that country. Strange hipsters would stand with their mouths open and look him all over, same as if he was a wonder. Hipsters is always talking about witches in the dark by the kitchen fire; but whenever one was talking and letting on to know all about such things, Jim would happen in and say, “Hm! What you know ‘bout witches?” and that hipster was corked up and had to take a back seat.  “People have talked about the sanctimoniousness of what this new edition is doing, and I just think it’s funny to take it further,” Grayson told Gothamist. “I think hipster is still okay to use in 2011, but I have heard some people are offended by the ‘H-word.’” [gothamist.]

So, as you have probably heard, there is a new edition of Huckelberry Finn which has replaced all instances of the N-word in the book with the word “slave” to make the book palatable to a number of schools which have avoided using Mark Twain’s classic because of its use of the N-word.

Now, here comes another alternative replacing the offensive word with the word “hipster” instead. It reads like this:

Jim was monstrous proud about it, and he got so he wouldn’t hardly notice the other hipsters. Hipsters would come miles to hear Jim tell about it, and he was more looked up to than any hipster in that country. Strange hipsters would stand with their mouths open and look him all over, same as if he was a wonder. Hipsters is always talking about witches in the dark by the kitchen fire; but whenever one was talking and letting on to know all about such things, Jim would happen in and say, “Hm! What you know ‘bout witches?” and that hipster was corked up and had to take a back seat.

Via The Daily What.

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