The Roald Dahl Controversy

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Roald Dahl’s children’s books are to be republished with the text politically corrected.

In the new version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie’s antagonist Augustus Gloop, who never stops eating, is not “enormously fat” but just “enormous.”[1] The word “fat” has been removed from every book.[2] The Oompa-Loompas are no longer “tiny,” but merely “small,” nor are they “men,” but “people.” [3] The words “black” and “white” have been removed from all the books; characters no longer turn white with fear, nor does the BFG wear a black cloak.[4]

The Cloud-Men in James and the Giant Peach have become Cloud-People. The words “crazy” and “mad” have been removed, as has a reference in Esio Trot to tortoises being backward....

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Mar 1st 2023
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