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Roald Dahl censored by publisher after consultation with group focused on 'inclusion, diversity' in children's literature
By HatetheSwamp
February 19, 2023 12:35 pm
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Books by the acclaimed children's author Roald Dahl, creator of such classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, and James and the Giant Peach, have been censored by the publisher, Puffin, after consulting with Inclusive Minds, a "collective for people who are passionate about inclusion, diversity, equality and accessibility in children's literature," according to their website.

You who are woke? You are absolutely ridiculous. George Orwell nailed you more than 70 years ago.

Pathetic.

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Critics are accusing the British publisher of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s books of censorship after it removed colorful language from works such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Matilda” to make them more acceptable to modern readers.

The word “black” was removed from the description of the terrible tractors in 1970s “The Fabulous Mr. Fox.” The machines are now simply “murderous, brutal-looking monsters.”

You wokesters have got to be kidding.

And, I was just telling po yesterday that woke people have no sense of humor. Bang on!


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Comments on "Roald Dahl censored by publisher after consultation with group focused on 'inclusion, diversity' in children's literature":

  1. by Donna on February 19, 2023 12:39 pm

    I think those changes are ridiculous too, but it's a private company which means that they can do that.

    I remember Mel Brooks saying at least 5 years ago that he wouldn't have been able to make Blazing Saddles today.





  2. by Donna on February 19, 2023 12:57 pm

    Btw, Sheri and I are the only lefties here who've pushed back on some of that stuff, particularly regarding transwomen athletes and the new pronoun rules.

    Here's something else you probably won't hear any other Dems here say: The reason the Democratic Party hasn't pushed back on any of it is because they don't want to alienate young voters, many (most?) of whom are ultra-woke.



  3. by HatetheSwamp on February 19, 2023 1:02 pm

    Mel Brooks is right, of course. It's the raunchiness and bawdiness that's funny. It's fun. And, it worked because it was laughing at itself. That campfire farting scene is one of the best in cinematic history.


  4. by Donna on February 19, 2023 1:04 pm

    Salman Rushdie calls revisions to Roald Dahl books ‘absurd censorship’

    “Roald Dahl was no angel but this is absurd censorship,” Rushdie, a Booker Prize-winning author, wrote on Twitter, calling out the children’s imprint of the British publisher Penguin Books. “Puffin Books and the Dahl estate should be ashamed.” ...

    Suzanne Nossel, chief executive of PEN America, said the organization, a nonprofit that works to defend and celebrate free expression through the advancement of literature and human rights, was “alarmed at news” of the changes to Dahl’s works, calling the move “a purported effort to scrub the books of that which might offend someone.” On Twitter, Nossel wrote that “literature is meant to be surprising and provocative” and that efforts to erase words that might cause offense only “dilute the power of storytelling.”

    “If we start down the path of trying to correct for perceived slights instead of allowing readers to receive and react to books as written, we risk distorting the work of great authors and clouding the essential lens that literature offers on society,” she said.

    Nossel suggested that instead of revising literature and “playing around” with text, publishers and editors could perhaps offer “introductory context that prepares people for what they are about to read, and helps them understand the setting in which it was written.”

    Others on social media warned of a dangerous precedent. “You edit a couple of books with outdated attitudes, now there’s only 400 years of literature left to go,” one user tweeted. “Where do you draw the line here?”

    msn.com


  5. by HatetheSwamp on February 19, 2023 1:09 pm

    You should check out Fox Nation, the streaming service. They're going aggressively anti-woke, promoting 70s and 80s ridiculous comedies and they just produced a Rosanne Barr comedy special. It's total counter-culture programming. There's money these days in anti-woke.


  6. by Donna on February 19, 2023 1:13 pm

    Yeah, but IMO the anti-wokers often go too far too.



  7. by HatetheSwamp on February 19, 2023 1:25 pm

    Ain't that the essence of the counter-culture?


  8. by Curt_Anderson on February 19, 2023 1:35 pm
    I read most of Roald Dahl's books to my kids including the Fantastic Mr. Fox. If there was any bigotry in his stories I was oblivious to it.

    Apparently Dahl was rather anti-Semitic. One of my Jewish friends brought it up in conversation. His view is that readers, theatre-goers, museum-goers, et cetera should be able to separate the artist from the person.

    I like watching old movies, film noir in particular. There are plenty of cringe-worthy moments of dialogue and scenes in them. Deleting the "offending" parts would not make them better.


  9. by HatetheSwamp on February 19, 2023 2:04 pm

    Remember back in the day. Progressives were all about freedom. Today? All about constraint and restraint, oppression and suppression.


  10. by Donna on February 19, 2023 2:15 pm

    Ain't that the essence of counter-culture?


  11. by Curt_Anderson on February 19, 2023 2:19 pm
    As Donna pointed out it's a publisher, a private company, that is censoring (editing really) their own books. It's probably an overreaction to woke objections on their part. They are capitalists in the business to make money and they obviously decided that editing Dahl will increase book sales.

    Progressives, of which I count myself, are not into governmental censorship. For example, I wouldn't want our governor demanding that history from the point of view of African-Americans be expunged from our schools.


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