The Day Of The Jackal author Frederick Forsyth says rewriting Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming’s James Bond is like ‘fascism’ as he slams ‘controlling’ publishers
- Author Frederick Forsyth blasted the decision to rewrite parts of Roald Dahl
- Publisher Penguin hired staff to vet the classic tales for offensive language
Best-selling author Frederick Forsyth slammed the decision to rewrite parts of Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming’s work to make them more ‘acceptable’ to modern audiences.
Speaking on Piers Morgan Uncensored on TalkTV, he blasted ‘sensitivity readers’ who had stripped the words ‘fat’ and ‘ugly’ from Dahl’s novels and racial references removed from James Bond, saying: ‘It’s all part of this new thing called ‘wokeism’. Yes, it’s the new dictatorship.
‘It’s a kind of facism, yes. It says, ‘You will think the way we think, you will talk the way we talk and you will believe what we believe. And we will control you’. I don’t like that, I don’t like being controlled.’
Publisher Penguin had sparked controversy last week when it emerged they had hired staff to vet the classic tales for language that may be deemed offensive. Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory can now only be described as ‘enormous’ and not ‘fat’.
The publisher went on to almost-u-turn last week when they offered to release two versions of the texts – the originals and edited stories.
Publisher Penguin had sparked controversy last week when it emerged they had hired staff to vet Roald Dahl’s (pictured) books for language that may be deemed offensive
Best-selling author Frederick Forsyth slammed the decision to rewrite parts of Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming’s work to make them more ‘acceptable’ to modern audiences
And, over the weekend, it was also announced that Ian Fleming’s classic spy novels were being republished with a slew of changes to the language – many of the changes concerned racist language, including racial slurs.
The award-winning thriller writer told TalkTV’s Piers Morgan that other iconic texts would not survive being looking at through a woke lens, saying: ‘If you try the Bible, I don’t think the Bible will survive.’
He also defended Fleming as a good writer.
On whether he would mind people editing his works in future to avoid offending readers, he explained: ‘You can’t stop them! It hasn’t happened, so I would wait until it does happen. I don’t know what they would object to – a description of a gun perhaps?’
On the modern spectre of ‘cancel culture’ he concluded: ‘There isn’t a logic to it. Actually, there’s no humanity to it. It’s not about protecting you from being shocked, which is the idea. It’s about control.
‘We want to control you, we are a tiny minority but we would very much like to do what we do, say what we say, read what we read’. That way lies control. If you look at every dictator that ever was, what did they try to control, the education of the children and the media.’
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