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January 26, 2015

Peach Pulled from ALDI Because of Revolting Rhymes

Supermarket chain ALDI has pulled Roald Dahl's book Revolting Rhymes from its shelves.
I had only just written a post about some Aldi syncs I had the other day 

Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts

(this post has been on a back-burner since August last year, until I saw a 2015 theatre programe featuring a children's play of Dahl's banned book to take place in July, so I thought I had better finish it)

Supermarket Signs?
and now today Aldi has made national news headlines by pulling one of Roald Dahl's books from it's sale because of a few complaints from customers over a few rude words contained within it's pages.
Shoppers threaten to boycott ALDI after it pulls Roald Dahl book containing word 'slut' off shelves
"Shoppers have threatened to boycott the supermarket chain ALDI after it pulled a Roald Dahl book containing the phrase "dirty slut" off its shelves.
ALDI Australia removed the book, Revolting Rhymes, after complaints about offensive language, namely when the Prince says to Cinderella: 
"Who is this dirty slut? Off with her nut."
The company released a statement saying it takes complaints from shoppers seriously.
"ALDI Australia has withdrawn the Roald Dahl Picture book entitled Revolting Rhymes from its Special Buys range, following comments by a limited number of concerned customers regarding the language used in this particular book," the statement said."
I didn't really care about ALDI pulling that Roald Dahl book from their shelves, because I was after "James and the Giant Peach", as those who follow this blog would know, I have a soft spot for that book and film.
James and the Giant Peach Syncs
But when I got to the store they had pulled all four Dahl books from the shelves, not just Revolting Rhymes. 
I was told it would have been too much trouble sorting through the shipment and taking out Revolting Rhymes, so they pulled the whole lot from the sale.
And while there were no children's books with the word "slut" in them, there were books for sale with the word "crabs" and "hooters" and books with maybe racist overtones like,
"Little White Dogs Can't Jump"and a nursery rhyme book with pigs wearing no pants weeing all the way home. 
Little White Dogs Can't Jump?!
A book about Hooters?
But not only does "Little White Dogs Can't Jump" reinforce racist stereotypes, it's almost an animal torture manual. 
White Dog being shot out of a cannon?!
White Dog being squashed ?!
White Dog being forced to skateboard up a ramp?!
And there are some rather compromising pictures in this book also.
 But, at the end of the day I don't care about the books ALDI want to ban from their shelves, as I go there to buy groceries and not books.
Though it would have been nice to grab "James and the Giant Peach" for $4.99.
I'm surprised that ALDI weren't selling Iggy Azalea's dad's book,
But if a book containing the word slut can't make it onto the shelf,
then a book containing the word c#nt would have a snowball's chance in hell I guess.


Maybe Iggy got her education from the ALDI books that were left on the shelves once the Dahl books were removed?
Little Iggy with a book from ALDI?-)
I know that a lot of my American friends would say that's 
why Iggy doesn't know what the word slut means.
But I think she is just a nice girl with a bad rap.
The Mullumbimby street Iggy grew up on and took her stage name from.
Iggy was her dog's name.

1 comment:

  1. Censorship. When you have a "limited" number of customers who object to something and pull a whole bunch of books because of it, what about the rest of the customers who weren't offended?