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Children's book with warning: Orbán takes action against gender fairy tales

The Hungarian children's book “Meseország mindenkié” (Fairytale Land Belongs to Everyone) will only be available with an “instruction leaflet” in future. According to Prime Minister Viktor Orbáns, it is supposed to protect the people from the risks and side effects of absurd gender theories. The publisher of the fairy tale book, which has been debated in Hungary for months, must now point out that it contradicts traditional gender roles. With this, the Fidesz boss is setting an example in terms of his “illiberal democracy”.

The Lesbian Association Labrisz published the collection of seven fairy tales in September. The presentation is initially reminiscent of that of the classic Hungarian folk tales. But the heroes of the new fantasy world are female, black, homosexual and disabled. Your opponents are no longer just dragons or villains, but now also supposedly antiquated images of society full of heteronormativity.

"Niggers" become "knife throwers"
In Germany, too, people are not afraid of “adapting” stories afterwards - albeit with opposite signs. For example, Otfried Preußler's classic children's book “The Little Witch” was revised in 2013 without further ado. However, no black people were added, but rather "niggers" struck out, or more precisely rewritten as "knife throwers". Thienemann-Verlag had confirmed that the supposed unword simply no longer fits into this period.

But in contrast to Hungary, such revisions do not lead to an exclamation of horror in this country, but at most to a tired squeak of the opposition to the left-liberal zeitgeist. In contrast to Orbán, German Christian Democrats would more likely applaud and state sponsorship for a “diverse” children's book than raise concerns about the possible effects of such theories.

Snow White becomes brown
The lack of innovation in the Labrisz stories is particularly tiring. These are based on well-known stories and only replace individual elements. This is particularly evident in the Snow White adaptation. The delicate, pale girl with blood-red lips, who gave the story its name, has to give way to supposedly progressive ideas. Like in the original story, the mother looks out the window and longs for a child. But in this case it should have black hair and golden brown skin - “Avarbarna” (leaf brown) is born.

But not only the appearance of the main character was "corrected" in a politically correct manner, the opponent also apparently didn't quite fit into the picture. Malicious stepmothers - that doesn't go well with the idea of ​​“women's empowerment”. Consequently an old white man has to serve now. Avarbarna's father is now the villain who ultimately even wants to kill his daughter because, in his opinion, the boyish girl is too little “ladylike” for a princess.

Another story illuminates the life of a sensitive, homosexual gypsy boy. According to the lesbian association, this should show that men are also allowed to cry and are vulnerable. Another story is about a female deer who feels in the wrong body and would rather be a male deer. The main theme always remains the same: The struggle of minorities for recognition.

Orbán fights against liberalism
In an interview with the radio station Kossuth in October, Viktor Orbán affirmed that he was tolerant and patient towards "provocations" by the gay lobby. But for him there is a red line where the fun stops: "Leave the children alone!"

With the definition of father and mother as man and woman, the Hungarian government had already anchored a traditional interpretation of parenthood in the constitution in December and legally excluded “rainbow” family models. The requirement for a warning on the fairy tale book underlines this commitment against liberalism, which Orbán would also like to defeat on a socio-political level.

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