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Thu Sep 14, 2017, 08:12 PM

Roald Dahl wanted "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" hero to be black

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41257684

Liccy Dahl told BBC Radio 4's Today programme her husband had written about a "little black boy".

But Dahl's agent thought the idea a bad one and insisted the character be changed - something Dahl's widow said was a "great pity".

She said seeing the 1964 children's book as her husband had intended it would be "wonderful".

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"It was his agent who thought it was a bad idea, when the book was first published, to have a black hero," said Sturrock. "She said: 'People would ask why.'"

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Reply Roald Dahl wanted "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" hero to be black (Original post)
WhiskeyGrinder Sep 2017 OP
msongs Sep 2017 #1
WhiskeyGrinder Sep 2017 #3
JI7 Sep 2017 #2
shenmue Sep 2017 #4
Iris Sep 2017 #5
Aristus Sep 2017 #6
WhiskeyGrinder Sep 2017 #7
JI7 Sep 2017 #8

Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 08:18 PM

1. well they could put out a new edition with the change nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 08:24 PM

3. New illustrations, anyway.

Pretty sure his skin color is never described in the book.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 08:23 PM

2. Sadly many would say the same even now

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Response to JI7 (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 08:24 PM

4. Yeah

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 11:01 PM

5. Interesting b/c my childhood favorite "A Snowy Day" was published in 1962

http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/ezras-books/the-snowy-day/

I'd love to dig more into that story. Who the publisher was. If the Keats book had any impact on the decision.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 11:08 PM

6. Sounds like an effort to rehabilitate the essential racism of Dahl's original "CatCF".

The Oompa-Loompas were originally supposed to be from 'Darkest Africa', and be the worst sort of black stereotype, and work for Willy Wonka for cacao beans as payment.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 01:16 AM

7. It mentions that in the article.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 01:34 AM

8. why was that changed ?

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