Did you know that Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’ has one of the most racist, misogynistic, heightist, racist, capitalistic characters in history? While you may think book is an enchanting children’s story with Judeo-Christian metaphors about temptation and redemption, it is in fact an attempt by Dahl to infiltrate the public consciousness to spread his dangerous, pro fascist ideals.
First, there’s the name “Willie Wonka”, a deeply sexist reference to the notion of male dominance, the supremacy of the phallus and the act of anti female, masturbatory sex. Wonka himself is the archetypal corporatist – a secretive, dictatorial boss who rules by decree, and not consensus. He employs minorities to do the hard labor and insists on dressing them up to entertain himself
There are the Oompa-Loompas – vertically challenged people with pigmented skin humiliated in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ due to their stature and skin color.
There is Augustus Gloop, the greedy, overweight German, singled out for his nationality and ridiculed for his obesity.
Then, there is the deeply sexist portrayal of Veruca Salt, the selfish, spoiled girl incapable of controlling herself throughout the tour of the factory.
The book is riddled with subtle allusions to the inherent authority and morality of males – there are no mentioned female workers in Willie Wonka’s factory, and Charlie and his grandfather are the only characters worthy of redemption after the others succumb to greed and immorality.
In short, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ is a dangerous book with a blatant bias towards corporate power, patriarchy, and racial dominance, and should be banned from all book shops for the sake of our children.
(This article was originally published on Salon.com)
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.