Qatar school bans 'Snow White' from library over sexual innuendos

Published: January 22, 2016


Disney-based fairy tale story book ‘Snow White and the seven dwarfs’ has been removed from a school library in Qatar amid complaints that it is full of sexual innuendos.

‘Snow White and the seven dwarfs’ is based on the story of a young woman who eats a poisonous apple and is later revived by a kiss from a handsome young prince.

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A parent at the SEK International School Qatar voiced concerns that the illustrations and text in the book were culturally inappropriate, after which Qatar’s Supreme Education Council (SEC) ordered its removal from the school’s library.

“SEK International School Qatar is proud to be established in this country and presents its formal apologies for any offense that this unintended situation may have caused,” the school’s principal, Vivian Arif, said in an official statement. The principal quickly moved to ensure no child would ever read it there again.

Censorship of sexual or obscene content is not uncommon in Qatar, which recently banned all showings of “The Danish Girl,” a British film that features a transgender protagonist, for supposedly depraved content.

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Schools in Qatar must adhere to the rules set out by the SEC, which posted excerpts of SEK International School Qatar’s apology on its Arabic Twitter account. According to its own website, the SEC aims to observe “international best practices, while preserving and taking into account the Islamic values and local traditions.”

Many took to Twitter in shock over the lifting of the book from the school library.

This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.

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  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 22, 2016 - 1:37PM

    This is called ‘ innocence lost ‘ . Recommend

  • Saad D.
    Jan 22, 2016 - 2:59PM

    Actually Snow White as well as Sleeping Beauty should be banned period. While Qatar may have banned it for the usual absurdity that is hallmark of most Islamic countries, kissing someone without their consent is sexual assault. Both books claim the concerned Princes had never met the sleeping ladies so I fail to understand why the book is still mainstream and has not yet been thrown out from schools around the world.Recommend

  • Ay Jay
    Jan 22, 2016 - 4:50PM

    @Saad D.:
    Man, that is called informed consent. But do you know that if a patient is unconscious and no one is around, it is agreed that the doctor can do help the patient without his/her consent? That is called implied consent. That’s the situation in the Snow White. How would she give consent when she’s sleeping/unconscious and not able to get up? She DOES need help. On your second point that prince never met her before, but how do you know she was not willing to receive a kiss? She didn’t sue him later. Lol. Hope you do not ‘fail to understand’ now. Cheers.Recommend

  • cautious
    Jan 22, 2016 - 6:14PM

    And you wonder why you have a problem with religious extremism? You teach it in schools/madrassas at the same time your battling in N Waziristan – not the smartest way to fight the problem.Recommend

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