Activist and food writer Jack Monroe has launched a devastating attack on David Walliams, labeling the comedian’s popular collection of childhood stories as racist and ‘fat bullshit’.
But HarperCollins Children’s Books responded to the thread, saying that Jack Monroe’s tweets are factually inaccurate because the character she claimed had racial undertones is actually white.
In a snowstorm of messages on Twitter, she dissected several of Mr. Walliams’ best-selling children’s stories, selected controversial characters, and designed the developments.
The food writer accused the Little Britain star of ‘targeting the working class’ and said his stories were recycled material from the controversial comedy show that made his name.
She started: “Small Boy completed his D * vid Walli * ms book collection today, so I finally decided to read the latter. (It’s important to note that I didn’t buy one.) It’s like Little Britain for kids. 37 million copies sold? Of that mocking, classic, greasy, grim bullshit? she wrote on her Twitter profile before adding, “a thread is now coming.”
Many of her followers agreed, while others stood up for the comic star.
Activist and food writer Jack Monroe has launched a devastating assault on comedian David Walliams’ children’s novels, which she calls racially insensitive and ‘fat shame’
Then she quoted from the books and emphasized her grievances with the content to her 300,000 followers.
“Supermum, in the world’s worst parents, is bored because she lives in a TOWER BLOCK and she cleans toilets. Single mother of two, Spike and Punk. I’m not sure what qualifies her as one of the world’s worst parents, all the while loving her kids and making them laugh? ” she asked.
“There is a child in this book called Ping Pong, and I would have a hard time believing it isn’t a legacy of LB’s (now mocked racist trope) Ting Tong [Little Britain].
“But there are more than enough examples to go through the ages without gymnastics, so I’m going to continue.”
Last month, Little Britain was removed from BBC iPlayerr, Netflix and BritBox in a row over blackface characters.
In November 2019, Walliams joined a select list of authors, including JK Rowling and Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who have sold over £ 100 million worth of books
One example marked the apparent targeting of working-class fathers (above), while another excerpt seemed to recycle and an old vomit previously used in Little Britain
Funny or offensive? Quotes from the latest The World’s Worst Parents by David Walliams – with Jack Monroe’s verdict
Quote: “Oh no, it’s Supermum! Waving a toilet brush, a mop and a very bad homemade outfit ‘
Jack Monroe: Single mother of two – not sure what qualifies her as one of the world’s worst parents, all the while loving her kids and making them laugh? ‘
Quote: Granville didn’t smile exactly. If he found something funny, like the misfortune of poor people … “
Monroe: “What size? At this point, I had to close the book and have a chat with my little boy about how “adversity” and “poverty” aren’t jokes about jokes. ‘
Quote: Suddenly, Tony Truffle, Boby Bollywood and Dame Penelope Plum all turned to a violent shade of green.
Tony Truffle was the first. He threw his spaghetti over Boby Bollywood. “BLEURGH!”. Boby was not far behind> He threw his spaghetti all over the lady.
“BLLEEUURRGGHH!” You might be surprised to know that out of the three, the lady winds the coldest the furthest.
Monroe: Back to Little Britain, we have the Classic Projectile Vomiting Joke. Four whole pages of it. Does he have no new material? ‘
Continuing on her Twitter rant, the food writer went on to draft instances of alleged racial undertones in Mr. Walliams ‘writing, noting:’ There’s the black female teacher, Miss Tutelage, whose ‘big frizzy hair’ is a punch line . Just like the bully who calls her ‘Archbishop Desmond Tutu’.
“What seems elaborate for a character who just said” WOT “? and withheld many school years because they were ‘fat’.
Harper Collins said, “the character Jack Monroe is referring to is Miss Tutelage, as a ‘black female teacher’ is indeed a white character.”
“Four eyes” is used over a character with glasses. Bold as a derogatory description, almost everywhere. Another projectile vomits joke. ‘Frizzball’ as a nickname for the teacher with the big hair and the unspeakable name … I’m still going. she added.
The publisher’s statement commented on the thread, saying, “David Walliams’s books have a diverse audience, which is reflected in their content.
He writes about the real world of children using comedy as a way to confront many difficult topics, from the groundbreaking The Boy in the Dress to Gangsta Granny, and that should be considered in the broader context of the overall stories.
In his series World’s Worst… he writes cautionary stories with surreal humor to defend underdogs, deflate the pompous and expose bullies.
“David Walliams’ books have turned countless non-readers into book lovers and have families read together.”
The thread received mixed responses, although many Twitter users expressed similar views of Mr. Walliams’ work that they were unable to broadcast previously.
A Twitter user, Michaela Deas, replied: ‘Oh thank God someone finally said it! Can’t bear those books. Terrible, racist, classic dreck. I never understood why they are successful even remotely. Thanks, Jack x ‘
Another, under the username @Miss Lupescu67, added: ‘He makes my skin crawl. His books have a terrible influence on their readers and I feel he gets so much promotion over many more talented writers because he was ‘a name’. He even appears on so many of the children’s literature events. ‘
Mr. Walliams’ most recent literary creation, ‘the Ice Monster’, has just been released in audiobook format and was promoted through social media all Monday.
His many admiring fans quickly praised the work. A Twitter user, Julie-Ann21, replied to the @ DavidWalliams Twitter account: ‘Fantastic illustrations, great book, every success with a new book, it’s very good, funny and so well illustrated, I hope more people get a copy go get.’
In November 2019, David Walliams joined a select list of authors who have sold more than £ 100 million worth of books.
The comedian who became a children’s writer joined JK Rowling, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson, Jamie Oliver and Dan Brown to reach the milestone following the overwhelming success of his work.
Since his debut in 2008, he has regularly topped the annual bestseller list. The boy in the dress – which alone has sold over a million copies worldwide.
Jack Monroe became known for her blog A Girl Called Jack, later turned into Cooking on a Bootstrap, which gave families ideas for meals for under £ 10 a week.
Monroe has written for the Echo, the Huffington Post, the New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Guardian.
The food writer has also published numerous books on cooking on a budget.
Monroe is an outspoken campaigner for a variety of purposes, especially related to poverty and hunger, but has also been involved in several controversial disputes.
In 2014, Monroe tweeted that David Cameron uses “stories about his late son as foggy-eyed rhetoric to legitimize the sale of our NHS to his friends.”
Monroe was criticized for ‘using the death of David Cameron’s son’ and was later criticized for accepting the Women of the Future Award in the media category in 2015 after coming out as non-binary.
In 2017, Monroe won a libel action against ex-Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins and was awarded £ 24,000 in damages.
The action was via a Twitter exchange in 2015 where Hopkins mistakenly attributed the tweet from Laurie Penny, who had no problem destroying war memorials, to Monroe.
Monroe then threatened to libel as someone from a family of armed forces.
In April this year, Monroe co-hosted the Daily Kitchen Live with Matt Tebbutt on BBC One, providing meal advice to people struggling during the pandemic.