Why Was the Fairy Tale “Little Red Riding Hood” Banned In California?

A traditional version of the classic tale “Little Red Riding Hood” was banned in the town of Empire, California, in 1990.

Ironically, it wasn’t because of the sexual undertones in the story of the beautiful young girl being seduced by the aggressive, conniving wolf, or the gory attack on the grandmother.

Nor was it because the wolf is hacked open at the end.

The book was banned because this particular version put a bottle of wine in Little Red Riding Hood’s basket that she was taking to her sick grandmother.

The local school board was afraid that the story encouraged drinking.

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