A woke Amazon staffer worked himself to tears over the online retailer’s decision to sell a children’s book that allegorically compares being transgender to pretending to be a walrus.

The staffer’s outburst occurred during a meeting allegedly held by Amazon leadership to address the ‘trauma’ some employees endured from the success of children’s book Johnny the Walrus.

‘Im sorry, I want to preface this…’ a staffer says during the meeting as he wipes away his tears. ‘This is really tough content.’

‘Johnny the Walrus is a bit of a problematic book — not a bit — it is not a bit of a problem, it’s one hell of a problem,’ the employee stated, adding that the book has been a ‘very traumatic experience for transgender Amazonians and our transgender customers.’ Footage from the meeting was first obtained by Libs of TikTok

Johnny the Walrus was written by conservative political commentator Matt Walsh. The book was published last monthly and quickly became one of Amazon’s Best Sellers in LGBTQ+ Books, before being removed from that categorization.

A woke Amazon staffer worked himself to tears over the online retailer's decision to sell a children's book that allegorically compares being transgender to pretending to be a walrus

A woke Amazon staffer worked himself to tears over the online retailer's decision to sell a children's book that allegorically compares being transgender to pretending to be a walrus

A woke Amazon staffer worked himself to tears over the online retailer’s decision to sell a children’s book that allegorically compares being transgender to pretending to be a walrus

The undated meeting, which presumably took place within the last month, begins with the host warning employees that they are aware the content in the book is ‘traumatic’ for transgender individuals.

He explained that Amazon has received feedback from customers and staff about the Johnny the Walrus and asked employees to refrain from complaining about it as the appropriate departments are already aware of the issue and taking action.

He then shared feedback from a customer who alleged the book teaches children to ‘kill transgenders’ or ‘bully them into committing suicide.’ 

‘The story is about a kid who likes to pretend he’s different things and one day he pretends he’s a walrus and the community tells him he either has to be a human or he has to be a walrus or their going to kill him,’ the customer, who identifies as a member of the LGBT community, said in her formal complaint to Amazon. ‘He can’t be both. He can’t pretend anymore.’

During the meeting, which discussed Matt Walsh's Johnny the Walrus, Amazon shared a complaint from a customer who alleged the book teaches children to 'kill transgenders' or 'bully them into committing suicide'

During the meeting, which discussed Matt Walsh's Johnny the Walrus, Amazon shared a complaint from a customer who alleged the book teaches children to 'kill transgenders' or 'bully them into committing suicide'

During the meeting, which discussed Matt Walsh’s Johnny the Walrus, Amazon shared a complaint from a customer who alleged the book teaches children to ‘kill transgenders’ or ‘bully them into committing suicide’

Johnny the Walrus was written by conservative political commentator Matt Walsh (pictured in August 2021). The book was published last monthly and quickly became one of Amazon's Best Sellers in LGBTQ+ Books, before being removed from that categorization

Johnny the Walrus was written by conservative political commentator Matt Walsh (pictured in August 2021). The book was published last monthly and quickly became one of Amazon's Best Sellers in LGBTQ+ Books, before being removed from that categorization

Johnny the Walrus was written by conservative political commentator Matt Walsh (pictured in August 2021). The book was published last monthly and quickly became one of Amazon’s Best Sellers in LGBTQ+ Books, before being removed from that categorization

She then cites a tweet from Matt Walsh where he claims has ‘the number one anti-LGBT book in country’ and criticizing him or his book would be ‘homophobic’.

‘You are a selling a manual of how to teach kids to bully other kids to commit suicide,’ the woman accused. ‘It is teaching kids to kill, well to bully transgenders, into committing suicide.

The customer also accused Walsh of bragging that he is ‘glad’ his book is ‘going to make the LGBTQIA kids, especially transgenders, commit suicide.’

‘If you’re transgender, if you’re gender non-binary — and this is super triggering, I would understand if you needed to leave. This is education for people who don’t get it, who don’t understand,’ the meeting host said after sharing the complaint.

‘I would understand if this was a lot, but equally I want folks to know that we’re doing this because this really matters, to get this education out there.’

He then warned staff to ‘brace yourself’ as they were going to show a 30-second clip of Walsh reading the book.  

Footage of the book reading and the staff’s post-reading reaction was not immediately available for DailyMail.com’s review.

Walsh, who seemingly saw the clip, responded to the criticisms on Twitter Tuesday. 

‘Amazon employees are traumatized by my children’s book, meanwhile one of the top selling children’s books on the site right now is from the American Academy of Pediatrics and it pushes puberty blockers and sterilization on nine year olds. But my book is the problem,’ he wrote.

He also denounced the customer’s allegation that his book ‘explicitly encourages kids to bully and kill trans people,’ which he claims is ‘not even remotely close to the vicinity of the truth.’

‘I don’t even mention trans people in the book,’ Walsh stated.

He also noted that even though his book had ‘traumatized Amazon’s employees,’ Americans still continued to purchase it. 

‘You all chose to buy it and now it’s number three overall. You should be ashamed!’ he mocked.

Walsh responded to the meeting footage with a series of seemingly sarcastic tweets

Walsh responded to the meeting footage with a series of seemingly sarcastic tweets

Walsh responded to the meeting footage with a series of seemingly sarcastic tweets

Amazon describes Johnny the Walrus as ‘timely tale of innocence, identity, and imagination’ in its online listing for the book.

‘Johnny is a little boy with a big imagination. One day he pretends to be a big scary dinosaur, the next day he’s a knight in shining armor or a playful puppy,’ the book description reads.  

‘But when the internet people find out Johnny likes to make-believe, he’s forced to make a decision between the little boy he is and the things he pretends to be — and he’s not allowed to change his mind.’

Source: Daily Mail

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