Ronan Farrow had some hot takes for Twitter on Sunday – specifically that we reexamine some highly hated figures in children’s literature and see if they don’t deserve a new assessment. His examples included Miss Trunchbull in Matilda and Harry Potter’s Dolores Umbridge.
To which we say…yikes.
It all started with this Sunday tweet about Miss Trunchbull from Roald Dahl’s Matilda.
Is Miss Trunchbull in Matilda misunderstood? She’s a pathbreaking Olympic athlete who seems to own her sexuality. She’s a harsh disciplinarian, but it seems like she had an unhappy life and her fate—being gaslit and driven insane—is as sadistic as anything she inflicts on others.