Snow White fairy tale banned in Qatar
There’ll be no more Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for schoolchildren in Qatar.
Doha News reported that a private school in Qatar has removed all copies of the fairy tale from its library after a parent complained that the illustrations in it were indecent.
Qatar’s Supreme Education Council ordered the books to be removed after investigating concerns made by a parent of a student at SEK International School in Dafna on social media.
The parent said that the classic Disney story contained culturally “inappropriate” images.
The school’s response was prompt and concise, and it apologised for any unintended consequences the illustrations in the fairy tale might have had.
“The school took immediate action and removed the book from the library, and has revised and enforced the procedures to ensure that this type of incident will not happen again. SEK International School is proud to be established in this country and presents its formal apologies for any offence that this unintended situation may have caused,” said the principal, Vivian Arif.
The school did not elaborate on what the indecent images were, but the cover illustration shows Snow White and the prince in each other’s arms. Such public displays of affection with the opposite sex are considered culturally inappropriate in Qatar.