David Walliams has responded, Australians complaining about his novel ” the Boy in The dress, say, he wrote it in the hope to “change the way people think and feel,” according to the Aldi customer popped to the supermarket for “pushing social agendas” through the sale of his book on the cross-dressing child.
On the Aldi Australia Facebook page, where the retailer had announced plans to win a contest, books, wrote, customers, Aldi “is not to be sold” Walliams is the story of a boy who is wearing a friend\’s dress to school, accusing it of “pushing social agendas”.
“Excuse me, Aldi Australia, but why you are peddling that the child abuse that is “the Boy in The dress”, a novel that promotes cross-dressing. You are entering the genderless bully brigade?”, of a wrote. Another added: “Aldi closes the tyrant. Shame on you Aldi. I messaged them to complain yesterday, this book.”
A customer accused Aldi of the sale of “inappropriate books for kids”, with the announcement that they would book the boycott of Aldi Australia for sale Walliams, the first published in 2008.
Some of the commentators linked the novel to the same position with Australia, the debate on the introduction of same-sex marriage, which is set to go to a postal ballot next week. A current high-profile TV Spot from the coalition for marriage, which campaigns against equal marriage, but a mother says that her son be given permission to wear a dress by his school. The ad claimed that: “If the same-sex marriage as law in the overseas, this type of program [sic], a widespread and compulsory.”
Other customers defended the retailer, describes the Boy in The dress as a “story about acceptance and solidarity” and said that you purchase as a result of the controversy.
Walliams himself tweeted to say a link to the story: “It\’s hard to believe, this is 2017.” The children\’s book author and comedian, said on Wednesday: “It is disappointing when people Express this attitude, but that\’s why I wrote the book in the first place, and hopefully change the way people think and feel about this topic. It is 10 years since the book was published and now the boys go to school in dresses, and like Dennis from the Boy in The dress for world book day. So I think we are in the right direction, in a world where different is celebrated.”
The Boy in the dress, praised for its “charm” by Philip Ardagh in the Guardian, was also adapted into a film by BBC1 three years ago.
In a statement to the news.com.au, Aldi said he did not “intend to take the remove of The Boy in the dress from the sale”.
“The book tells the story of the freedom of expression and tolerance,” it said. “This is part of a series from David Walliams, the third largest children\’s book author in Australia, and is available in the entire a number of large retailers.”