Ron DeSantis rejects book rating system pitch

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Don't look for PG, PG-13, R or NC-17 ratings on literature if the Governor has anything to say about it.

During a campaign stop in South Carolina, Gov. Ron DeSantis rejected one proposal to catalog books and make sure they don’t fall into the wrong hands.

In response to a question in Murrells Inlet, DeSantis said that rating books like movies (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17) have been since 1968 by the Motion Picture Association of America isn’t necessary.

“You do have this problem with these inappropriate books in the schools. You know, could there, could there be like a rating for some of them? I don’t think that’s necessary because the difference is, like, if there’s a movie advertised, you don’t know what’s in the movie just by watching a 30-second commercial,” DeSantis acknowledged. “So the rating, this is kind of a way to do it.”

However, there are differences between Hollywood movies and literary works, he noted, including the role of school systems in bringing in books he deems inappropriate.

“These books though, don’t, they don’t just show up. These are school administrators that are making the decision to put those in there and any time you do it, in fact, when these books become issues at School Board meetings, parents will come with it, they will read the book and the School Board members will say, ‘Silence. You can’t say that here,'” he said.

The Governor said that issues like this were “not really difficult calls.”

“This is just (because) some people have an agenda,” he said.

The Miami New Times contends that more than 1,400 books have been banned in Florida schools since July 2021. DeSantis, of course, has called the idea that he would ban books a “hoax.”

Book banning has actually come up during his presidential campaign as well.

In June, DeSantis told a campaign crowd in Cedar Rapids removal of work from the National Youth Poet Laureate from a Miami Lakes elementary school had nothing to do with him, but coverage of “the poem ban hoax” nonetheless illustrated “the dishonesty of legacy media outlets.”

“This had nothing to do with me. Nothing to do with the state of Florida. There was a school in Miami-Dade that had a book of poems. I guess the poet was involved with Joe Biden’s inauguration,” DeSantis said.

He was referring to the work by Amanda Gorman being removed from a Miami Lakes Elementary School after a challenge in which the author was misidentified as Oprah Winfrey.

“So I don’t know, but it was a book of poems and they decided that it was more appropriate in the middle school library than in the elementary school library,” DeSantis said regarding “The Hill We Climb,” which was read at President Biden’s inauguration.

“So they just moved the book, you know, to the next library and the media tried to say that somehow that was being banned because something like the state of Florida was doing, I mean, it was a total fabrication and a total hoax.”

The Associated Press reports the literary work is on the “restricted list.” Miami-Dade clarified the book is now part of the “middle grades collection” in a tweet that didn’t mollify critics.

“But it’s a lesson in the dishonesty of legacy media outlets. They want to create narratives to advance their agenda, but they don’t care about the facts and they’re not going to try to inform you of the facts if it conflicts with their agenda,” DeSantis said.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • My Take

    October 20, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    Perhaps his denial is true.
    He would have burned the book.
    But seriòusly, he is not innocent.
    He èncouraged the locàl book-banniñg campaigns.

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  • S. Freud

    October 20, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    “… legacy media outlets…don’t care about the facts and they’re not going to try to inform you of the facts if it conflicts with their agenda,” DeSantis said.
    Classic psychological projection of one’s own flaws upon one’s perceived enemies. Apparently, his projection is a reaction to what he sees as a threat. He sees himself as a kind of David in a losing struggle against multiple Goliaths who do not love him unconditionally.
    Diagnosis: Little pecker syndrome.

    • My Take

      October 20, 2023 at 2:32 pm

      Just call him “Shorty.”

      • M. Mouse

        October 20, 2023 at 4:04 pm

        He’s a little guy alright! Squeak!

  • PeterH

    October 20, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    Term limits will retire DeSantis to the pasture of unwanted useless cattle waiting to be processed into something more useful……like glue perhaps or dog food.

    • My Take

      October 20, 2023 at 2:36 pm

      When the media stop listening it will kill him.

  • MH/Duuuval

    October 20, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    The good news is that Joe Harding is going to jail for 4 months for PPP fraud. Joe is the guy who looks like Lurch from the Munsters and is featured prominently in photos of DeSantis signing the Don’t Say Gay bill and others.

    Guess Joe should have waited until a college presidency became available. But, Joe will be in a federal pen where DeSantis can’t help him much. Lock ’em up!

  • rick whitaker

    October 20, 2023 at 8:35 pm

    people don’t like liars or book banners, desantis is both.

  • Dont Say FLA

    October 26, 2023 at 5:36 pm

    Rhonda’s got Tipper Gore rolling over in her grave, and she ain’t even dead yet!

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