The following accusations have two relevant aspects: snozzberries and “Big Friendly Giants.”
Most people just assume that “snozzberries” is just a fictional word, but it actually has a meaning to the creator of Willy Wonka. Roald Dahl, the author of the original book, gave a meaning to the word in one of his other books. Snozzberries are dicks. Those kids were licking dick-flavored wallpaper.
The word “snozzberries” had its meaning revealed in Roald’s adult novel My Uncle Oswald. The story is about Oswald Hendryks Cornelius, the “greatest fornicator of all time.”
The meaning of snozzberry is revealed during a part of the book where a women describes how she placed a condom onto a man:
How did you manage to roll the old rubbery thing on him?”
There’s only one way when they get violent,” Yasmin said. “I grabbed hold of his snozzberry and hung onto it like grim death and gave it a twist or two to make him hold still.”
Does this mean Willy Wonka was a pedophile? Why would a candy maker tell kids to lick wallpaper that is the same flavor as a penis? Why would a candy maker even create that kind of wallpaper in the first place?
Well it wouldn’t be the only time that Roald Dahl created a pedophile character in one of his books. Ever heard of The BFG?
The BFG (short for “Big Friendly Giant”) is a 1982 children’s book written by Dahl, and was turned into a movie by Disney. The story is about a giant who steals a sleeping girl, from an orphanage, out of her bedroom. The giant then befriends the girl and takes her to a magical world. The sounds like a sweet story, but most people don’t know the origin of The BFG.
In Jeremy Treglown’s 1994 biography of Roald Dahl, it was revealed that The BFG was originally a pedophile. The biography mentions that Farrar, Straus and Giroux, who worked with Dahl, were the ones who would changed his child-inappropriate manuscript of the pedophile BFG into a loving giant.
However, some of the hints of pedophilia may still remain in final version of The BFG. The girl was taken from an orphanage, and statistics show that at least 75% of children in foster care will be sexually abused.
The story also showcases Stockholm syndrome, a syndrome present in many cases of sexual abuse, as the little girl befriends the giant who kidnapped her.
Therefore, just like The BFG, Willy Wonka may have also been a pedophile in the original manuscript. Some things may have been changed from that original manuscript, but the snozzberry reference remained and will forever make people question the true nature of Willy Wonka.
The first accusation is that “snozzberry,” first used as a fictitious fruit in 1964, was a secret code for “penis.”
It is plausible that it could be used as such a code 15 years later.
That does not suggest it was originally intended as such a code.
The second accusation is that the “Big Friendly Giant” was supposed to be a pedophile.
And for that, we have no evidence but the allegations of Treglown, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
Why exactly are their testimonies supposed to be credible? Because they published four years after Dahl was dead, Dahl was not able to refute their accusations. Quite possibly they were accusing him falsely to confuse investigators.
Finally – is there any evidence that while Dahl was alive, he actually interacted inappropriately with any child? I have yet to see any.
On the flip side, some circumstantial evidence adds up to a fairly strong argument, as shown in the following from the same site.
J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, was a very creepy individual. He was portrayed as a kind and caring man by Johnny Depp in 2004’s Finding Neverland, but was that portrayal historically accurate? According to some evidence, Barrie may have preyed on young children.
Here are 5 reasons why Barrie’s true nature is questioned.
1. Barrie stole another couple’s children
According to Piers Dudgeon, the author of Captivated: J.M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers & the Dark Side of Neverland, Barrie forced his way into the lives of Sylvia and Arthur Llewelyn Davies, the parents of three boys, George, Jack and Peter. Barrie gave many gifts to the family and spent hours playing outside with the boys and making up stories.
Arthur and Sylvia eventually died of cancer within a couple years of each other, and Barrie took guardianship of the boys. In case any relatives of the boys protested, he had Sylvia’s will forged, giving him custody. Oddly, the family never tried to take custody of the children away from Barrie. It seemed the family had no idea of who Barrie truly was. After much time passed, Peter gave this statement about Barrie taking custody of him and his brothers, “The whole business, as I look back on it, was almost unbelievably queer and pathetic and ludicrous and even macabre in a kind of way.”
2. Barrie’s relationship with the boys
Barrie loved taking photographs of the boys, sometimes in weird costumes and often with no clothes on. In Today’s world, many would automatically suspect him as a pedophile for doing that. However, Barrie only showed an innocent front to the adults around him, which is why nobody ever suspected him of anything.
Barrie once wrote about the joy of undressing and sleeping next to a young boy. Barrie’s book, The Little White Bird, published in 1902, talked of his close relationship with George. “I lay thinking of this little boy, who, in the midst of his play while I undressed him, had suddenly buried his head on my knees… Of David’s dripping little form in the bath, and how I essayed to catch him as he slipped from my arms like a trout. Of how I had stood at the open door listening to his sweet breathing, had stood so long I forgot his name.”
3. The Creepy Candle Letter
In June 1908, Barrie wrote this strange letter to Michael for his eighth birthday, “I wish I could be with you and your candles. You can look on me as one of your candles, the one that burns badly — the greasy one that is bent in the middle. But still, hurray, I am Michael’s candle. Dear Michael, I am very fond of you, but don’t tell anybody.”
4. Barrie’s Impotency
Piers Dudgeon, Barrie’s Biographer, suggests the author was impotent and most likely never satisfied his wife sexually. Mary Ansell, wrote this about her husband, “Love in its fullest sense could never be felt by him or experienced.” The couple eventually divorced after Mary had an affair with one of Barrie’s friends.
5. The Deaths of the 3 Boys
During World War 1, George died in Belgium from a gunshot to the head. Many historians think George tried to escape Barrie by volunteering to serve in the war, but sadly it did not work out.
At 21 years of age, Michael drowned along with another young male, who was his lover. Many biographers think this was a suicide pact.
In 1960, at the age of 63, Peter threw himself under a moving train. He did this shortly after destroying almost all the letters from Barrie to the Davies boys, and said they were simply “too much.”