Snow White fairy tale banned in Qatar

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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.

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