Comedian-writer David Walliams’ children’s books, including the popular The World’s Worst series, has been accused of “classism” and “fat-shaming” by food writer-activist Jack Monroe.
Monroe took to Twitter and in a series of posts, she wrote about the offensive content in the children’s book. Monroe wrote, “Small Boy completed his D*vid Walli*ms book collection today, so I finally decided to take a read of the latest. (It’s important to note here I’ve not bought a single one.) It’s like Little Britain for kids. 37m copies sold? Of this sneering classist fat-shaming grim nonsense?”
Citing instances from Walliams’ children’s books, Monroe, who is a single parent herself, further wrote, “Supermum, in The World’s Worst Parents, is BORING because she lives in a TOWER BLOCK and she CLEANS TOILETS. Single mum of two, Spike and Punk. I’m not sure what qualifies her as being one of the World’s Worst Parents when all she does is love her kids and make them laugh?”
Calling the author’s jokes about poverty as “insensitive”, she wrote, “Lord Grandiose, TWWP. “Granville didn’t laugh exactly. If he found something funny, like the misfortune of poor people…” You what mate? Had to close the book at this point and have a small chat with my Small Boy about how ‘misfortune’ and ‘poverty’ aren’t punchlines for jokes… It’s a recurring theme. And I know I’m sensitive, because me and my Small Boy LIVED in poverty, and Williams-Who-Calls-Himself-Walliams-For-Lolz probably didn’t. Probably doesn’t know anyone who did, which is why working-class people are all bland stereotypes in his lazy books.”