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Babar is 80 years old

Babar the elephant is 80 years old. USA Today interviews Laurent de Brunhoff, whose father, Jean, started the series in 1931.

Apparently, Babar’s a symbol of colonial oppression and racism. We’ve got a few Babar books in our household and they seem alright to me. Laurent deleted a few of this father’s drawings of “fat-lipped, bug-eyed cannibals” when one story was reprinted. Safe to say, I’m not going to discuss the history of colonialism in Africa with my five-year-old. If I go down that road, I’ll be explaining why the Disney princesses are symbols of modern corporate greed and poor representations of real women.

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