‘Racist’ short story about Chinese boy ‘Brian Wong’ has been removed from new edition of David Walliams’ children’s book for promoting ‘harmful stereotypes’
- Publisher Removes Story of Chinese Character in ‘The World’s Worst Children’
- HarperCollins’ confirmed story will be updated in David Walliam’s book next year
- The unusual move comes after meeting podcaster and writer Georgie Ma
- Walliams joined the elite list that sold over £100m worth of books in 2019
A story about a Chinese boy in David Walliams’ book “The World’s Worst Children” will be removed and updated next year, after being criticized for containing “harmful stereotypes.”
HarperCollins has confirmed that they will remove the story of “Brian Wong Who Was Never, Ever Wrong” from the next edition of the book, due out in March 2022, after meeting campaigner and podcaster Georgie Ma.
The book, illustrated by Tony Ross, was from Walliams’ first short story collection, The World’s Worst Children, and was published in May 2016.
Publisher removes story of Chinese character in David Walliams’ ‘The World’s Worst Children’ book (Pictured)
After reading the book in February, Georgie Ma was outraged by the “stereotypes” used in the book and posted on Instagram (above)
HarperCollins has confirmed that they will be removing the story of ‘Brian Wong Who Was Never, Ever Wrong’ from the next edition of the book, due out in March 2022
However, the short story has been criticized by Georgie Ma, who has a podcast called Chinese Chippy Girl, for its “casual racism” and will now be removed from all future editions of the book.
Speak with the bookseller, Georgie Ma said, “Wong” and “wrong” are two words often used in playgrounds to bully someone if their last name is Wong.
“Even exactly as Brian is illustrated. He wears glasses, he looks like a nerd, he has small eyes… they are all harmful stereotypes.
“The general character plays on the model minority myth where Chinese are nerdy, swotty and good at math, we are non-confrontational and we are high achievers.
“It was just really disappointing to read that. Personally for me, because I have a toddler, I don’t want her to get caught up in these stories that misrepresent Chinese culture.”
In a statement, HarperCollins confirmed: “In consultation with our author and illustrator, we can confirm that a new story will be written to replace ‘Brian Wong’ in future editions of The World’s Worst Children.
“The update will be scheduled at the next reprint as part of an ongoing commitment to regularly review the content.”
After reading the book in February, Ms. Ma was outraged by the “stereotypes” used in the story.
On her Instagram, she said: “Brian is illustrated because you can see it’s just the stereotypical small eyes and the glasses, and it’s just complete casual racism.
Ms. Ma (Pictured), who has a podcast called Chinese Chippy Girl, due to his “casual racism” and will now be removed from all future editions of the book
HarperCollins confirmed that “the book update will be scheduled with the next reprint as part of an ongoing commitment to regularly review the content”
“It just reminds me of the comics white supremacists tell Chinese people to go back to China.”
She added: “There are so many racist jokes in the ESEA (East and Southeast Asian) community using the surname Wong and associating them with wrong. I don’t have enough time to go through what these jokes are, but if David Walliams had done his research, he would have known this.’
This news comes as activist and food writer Jack Monroe has launched a scathing attack on David Walliams, labeling the comedian’s popular collection of children’s stories as racist and “fat-shaming nonsense.”
In a deluge of posts on Twitter, she dissected several of Mr Walliams’ best-selling children’s stories, picking out controversial characters and plot developments.
The food writer accused the Little Britain star of “targeting the working class” and said his stories reused material from the controversial comedy show that made his name.
She began: “Small Boy finished his D*vid Walli*ms book collection today, so I finally decided to read the latest one. (It’s important to note that I didn’t buy any.) It’s like Little Britain for kids. 37 million copies sold? Of this mockingly classic fat-shaming, grim nonsense?’ she wrote on her Twitter profile, before adding, “There will be a thread now.”