By SHAUNA ANDERSON
It isn’t Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge getting them all in a twist.
Nor Boggis, Bunce and Bean or even Miss Agatha Trunchbull – though she would surely send anyone into a frothing ball of terror.
A Roald Dahl book has been pulled from the shelves of Aldi after customers complained it contained language unsuitable for children.
According to The Guardian, the book was removed after at least one person commented on Aldi’s Facebook page, saying it had “an unacceptable word in it for kids” and that it was “(n)ot ok!”
An Aldi spokeswoman said the book had been pulled after “comments by a limited number of concerned customers regarding the language used in this particular book”.
Intrigued? Want to know word could Roald Dahl possible use that would cause such offense?
We all know that Miss Trunchball of Matilda was prone to fear-inducing outbursts like never before seen in a headmistress: “You blithering idiot! You festering gumboil! You fleabitten fungus! You bursting blister! You moth-eaten maggot!”
But so far, she seems to have survived the wrath of social media.
And it wasn’t Mr and Mrs Twit even though they are are cruel to birds, monkeys and small boys.
It isn’t even the anti-sugar crusaders complaining about Willy Wonka indoctrinating our children.
It was Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes that has caused the uproar, and in particular the use of the word ‘slut’ in his take on the Cinderella fairytale.
In the book, first published in 1982 Dahl parodies six traditional fairy tales. In Cinderella it is her that is left at the ball, and the Prince instead of marrying who the slipper fits – this time it is one of the evil step sisters – instead cuts off their heads.
After he chops off both of her step-sister’s heads poor Cinders begins to fear for her life.
“Poor Cindy’s heart was torn to shreds. My Prince! she thought. He chops off heads!”
“How could I marry anyone who does that sort of thing for fun? The Prince cried, ‘Who’s this dirty slut? Off with her nut! Off with her nut!’”
After Aldi withdrew the book from sale the supermarket chain’s Facebook page was then inundated with complaints about what they branded as an overreaction.