Roald Dahl, who wrote the book that the movie, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, was based on, has had an illustrious, award-winning career with millions of copies of his books sold. He even helped to develop pioneering new medical treatments such as the Wade-Dahl-Till Value, a device that was used to help thousands of children with hydrocephalus. His father and sister died when he was just three. He was a fighter pilot for the Royal Airforce during World War II. The best-selling British novelist is considered one of the greatest children’s storytellers of the 20th century, having written popular books such as Matilda, The Witches, and James and the Giant Peach.
But none of that seemed to stop him from being censored.
Though he hasn’t written a word in over three decades (he died in 1990), in 2023 America, the do-gooder, PC- police and Woke Mafia have deemed his works in need of Orwellian cosmetic surgery. Puffin Books, a division of the British publisher Penguin Books, in concert with Roald Dahl Story Co, which manages the copyright and trademarks of the author’s works, have announced revisionist changes to make his books appear to be more diverse and inclusive.
This is utter nonsense.
Don’t mess with the classics.
If a book being written today wants to be written to conform to a certain style or criteria, that’s up to the author. But for a publisher to edit works, some of them written over a half-century ago, and to so without the author’s permission is complete lunacy. Some in America, in a bid to change how we see and experience the world, is altering history, trampling on author’s rights, and forcing us to be brainwashed.
This groupthink shit has to stop.
What is the value-add of calling Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, “small people” instead of “small men?” The author chose them to be men, just as he chose them to be small. If you don’t like it, read another book or write your own, but keep your fascist hands off the books that have been published -- and to great fanfare, mind you.
In The Witches, a new paragraph is added to explain why witches are bald and that there are other reasons women might wear wigs. Who gives a shit?
We know the world isn’t always fair. Cancer patients wear wigs. Religious Jewish women wear wigs. People wear wigs for vanity and style, when there is no religious or health reason. Someone saw it fit to comment on wigs?
There’s no end to what one can tinker with. Why not make witches men or maybe eliminate witches completely? How about, the sensitive snowflakes and societal woosies take a chill pill and leave things alone when it comes to books?
What’s next: editing tombstones?
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