Another author takes a hit!

I wrote very recently about my experience over the ‘renamed’ Gingerbread Man.

Might I dare tread deeper into the world of conflict and ‘political correctness?’ I bear no malice to any one person, or any one race, when I fondly remember my tiny childhood teddy. Well, I called him ‘teddy’ only because I couldn’t pronounce his ‘real’ name: Golliwog! (Originally spelt ‘Golliwogg’ in Florence Upton’s children’s picture books.)

As with the maligned Gingerbread Man, the poor ‘Golly’ (to use its preferred name) was merely a character’s name. It seems as if the name was a result of the manner by which many authors name their characters: a name that stands out and perhaps of no particular reference to anyone, or anything. It is said that the suffix, ‘wog’ was a reference to the black race, but some studies report that the derogatory term, ‘wog’ was not coined until the 1940s — some 50 years AFTER ‘Golly’ was introduce to the public.

I tend to wonder whether many of the ‘political correctness’ reforms result from overreactions to certain criteria or simply misguided and unfound sensitivity. Of course, we are all bound to accept these reforms as part of the evolving world.

On a similar theme, most writers will be aware of the title change of Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Niggers to And Then There Were None. I wonder where this will stop. In years to come, will the likes of Indiana Jones be changed to ‘Ian’ Jones? Will Venetian Blinds become mere window coverings so as to not offend residents of Venice? There are some challenging times ahead for authors and creatives. We must remain on our toes!!

The ‘Golly’ as photographed is my own. Available from:

Paige Elizabeth Turner
Paige writes across a variety of genres, but prefers to concentrate on her crime / mystery series featuring Private Investigator Olivia Watts and her Watts Happening? Investigations agency. Also dabbling in poetry, Paige produces emotive verse from romance through to environmental issues. Writing is her lifeblood, but as experienced by many writers, there’s a shortfall of financial nutrients feeding the blood.

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