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Parent Article: Willy Wonka and the Racism Factory
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Re: Willy Wonka and the Racism Factory
30 Aug 2005
I found this article very insightful and useful. I think Jonathan's critique is on the money and there is certainly nothing wrong with looking at a film from a social or political perspective. The idea that anything -- particularly the hallowed ground of children's literature -- is beyond politics is simply ridiculous.

Along with Katt, I am somewhat disquieted by pressure groups changing a work of literature or art. However, the possibility exists that Dahl changed the book because the critiques caused him to see things differently and to feel embarrassed or ashamed with hindsight. For example, this article makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable with not having had the same insights into the film's racism that Jonathan did.

I don't agree with Katt's take on Willy Wonka, at least as he is presented in Tim Burton's film. Though he is a little on the odd, prickly side, he is presented as fundamentally benign and certainly superior to all of the children but the one who, in the end, becomes his business partner. Therefore, the film more or less endorses his exploitation of the Oompa Loompas.