There is a terrible disease sweeping the lands these days.
For some baffling reason, publishers and script writers are falling over themselves to rewrite long established works of literature in an attempt to scourge all references to anything that may terrify the new “woke” snowflakes. They are even going so far as to put warning notices on the front of books saying that the contents may cause distress or some such bollocks. Regularly I see warning notices on television before a programme [even the news] that “some scenes may cause distress”.
Herself is watching “Great Expectations” which is the latest offering from the Beeb. Two of the main characters are black which I’m sure is something Dickens never intended. Strangely though the language has been somewhat “modernised” to include language that frequently graces these pages. I’m sure Dickens never used the word “fuck” which is now scattered through the script in abundance?
Recently there was a bit of very justified angst at the news that the works of Roald Dahl were being given the Wokeification treatment. Now it appears that the works of P G Wodehouse are to be given the same appalling treatment. “Jeeves and Wooster” are to be cleansed lest a new generation of readers be offended, outraged or indeed terrified.
In the past I read quite a few of the Jeeves and Wooster books and thoroughly enjoyed them. I also watched the eponymous television series with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. I cannot for the life of me remember a single utterance that could cause any distress. The books were clever, witty and innocuous so God only knows what mangled interpretation is to appear for the new snowflakes.
Books are published as the author intended. They are works of literature and should be left stand on their merits and not hacked to pieces to “protect” the reader.
“Gender neutral” toilets are bad enough but for God’s sake leave literature alone.
Coming soon … sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh repainted; … too much racist yellow.
Mona Lisa to be described as “an early transsexual”.
Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” to be buried under six foot of reinforced concrete.
Would that be the current S&M version of Great Expectations where the Jaggers is black ? Pathetic isn’t it.
That’s the one. And young Miss Haversham [spell corrected to “Aftershave”?!] is black too. I’m not familiar with the original but does Dickens refer to slavery quite so often?
No he doesn’t Grandad ! But nowadays you have to have at least half the cast black despite it being historically inaccurate and them only being 5% of our population.
Surely it must be more than 5%? Judging by the ads on Irish television, the figure must be 50% or higher?
That’s what you would think !
I’m looking forward to Finnegan’s woke.
They can’t. They are incapable of leaving anything alone.
GD, your use of the phrase “for God’s sake” is problematic. Apart from the fact that the use of the word “God” is in the singular and therefore might be offensive to polytheists, it is possible that it’s use could be taken as mocking persons of dyslexia or Spoonerists who might be referring to dogs.
The more people I offend the better. It is my new mission in life.
Thankfully I now live far away from all this WOKE BS.
This WOKE stuff has turned into an protection racket, if you dont support the WOKE ‘religion’ we will have you loose your job.
Everyone in the West is living in fear now if they speak out you will loose your job.
Wow! Where do you live? Is there room for one more? Or maybe two more and a dog?
Captain, piss be upon them, I lost my job the day I retired.
I’m so disgusted with this “woke” crap I can’t even leave a comment.
So I won’t.