Mel Stuart passed away recently after a bout with melanoma at the age of 83. He was the director of the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” With all due respect to the man (and I love his movie), I find it ironic that many compare the look of tanning addicts and “fake bakers” to that of Stuart’s iconic “Oompa Loompas.” In addition to his personal battle against melanoma, he unknowingly created a characature which continues to aid others in the battle against the black cancer.
With that in mind, and with apologies as I mimic Rich of the Hotel Melanoma, I offer up another verse to the Oompa Loompa song…
Oompa Loompa doompadee doo
I’ve got another puzzle for you
Oompa Loompa doompadee dee
If you are wise you will listen to me.
What do you get from a glut of UV?
Leathery skin and chance of Black C!
Why do you go through the tanning fuss?
Unless you want to look exactly like us!
An orange skinned Oomp Loompa!
Oompa Loompa doompadee dah
Being sun smart will take you far
You’ll look better and live longer too,
Just don’t turn orange like the Oompa Loompa doompadee do!