Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Charlie of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Was Originally Black

Charlie of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Was Originally Black

She added: 'It's a great pity'.

Emily Somers, Vice President of Marketing, McDonald's United Kingdom, said: "I grew up on the magic of Roald Dahl and his extraordinary characters so I'm delighted that one of the most iconic children's authors is back at McDonald's".

Today programme's presenter Sarah Montague in the interview told Mrs. Dahl that the story could still be rewritten about a black character, to which Mrs Dahl said, "It would be wonderful wouldn't it?" He said that Dahl understood the feelings of both the British and Americans and...

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published in 1964, but Dahl came up with the idea for the story during his own childhood.

Despite every film version of the tale, and Quentin Blake's illustrations, portraying Charlie Bucket as white with a crop of fair hair, Liccy Dahl said yesterday that was never her late husband's intention.

Liccy Dahl also goes on to explain that Roald Dahl was not a fan of the original, Gene Wilder-starring film adaptation of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

In light of the holiday, a new fact has come to light about one of the author's biggest and most popular characters.

According to Treglown, the author's editors considered the story to be a "very English fantasy," which is why the racist depictions were originally overlooked.

In the first movie, the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the Oompa-Loompas were made orange.

The interview, which took place yesterday (on what would have been Roald Dahl's 101st birthday), can be heard here.

By the 1970s the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People called out its racism and by the second edition they were given "rosy-white" skin.

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