Aldi bans Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

Staff writer

USE of the word “slut” in a classic Roald Dahl story has seen the book removed from a supermarkets shelves.

Aldi has reportedly removed Revolting Rhymes from sale after customers complained about the use of the word.

The book only went on sale this week but customer reaction was swift, Fairfax reported.

A spokeswoman for Aldi said a small number of complaints were received by customers worried about language in the book, which led to its removal.

Other books by the famous British author will still be stocked.

Revolting Rhymes is a collection of classic poems originally published in 1982 that takes well known fairy tales a funny revamp.

“Who’s this dirty slut?”, is used in a modern take of Cinderella

The Merriam Webster defines slut as a promiscuous woman or a slovenly woman.

Customers have reacted furiously — and hilariously — on Aldi’s Facebook page with their opinions of the censorship.

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes has caused controversy for some Aldi Store customers.

After a post about a mystery product that was deliberately blurred several people asked whether it was a “Road Dahl book”.

“Let’s burn it, just in case it’s a Roald Dahl book. We don’t want children to read the same stuff we grew up with. Look how we turned out!,” one customer wrote.

Another said: “Dear Aldi, you practised censorship yesterday, bowing to the opinions of a small number of people who unfortunately did not appreciate Roald Dahl’s humour in his classic ‘Revolting Rhymes’. You have also contravened the worldwide policy of ‘Freedom To Read’. Now, that’s truly revolting! Reinstate the book in all your stores, please!”

One of the books also on sale was about dinosaurs, leading one customer to say: “They have not yet censored the Dinosaur book so luckily they are not creationists.”


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