Author Art Spiegelman says decision by Mcminn county, which cited inappropriate ‘curse words’ and nudity, is ‘demented’

A Tennessee school board has banned a Pulitzer prize-winning graphic novel from its classrooms over eight curse words and an illustration of a naked cartoon mouse.

In the graphic novel, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, author Art Spiegelman, uses hand-drawn illustrations of mice and cats to depict how his parents survived the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust.

The graphic memoir elevated a pulp mass medium to high art when it nabbed a slew of literary awards in 1992 but appears not to have impressed educators in Mcminn county.

Ten board members unanimously agreed in favor of removing the novel from the eighth-grade curriculum, citing its use of the phrase “God Damn” and drawings of “naked pictures” of women, according to minutes taken from a board of education meeting earlier this month, the Guardian reports.

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