He was what one might call a very clean old man

from Toni Morrison – Soaphead Church Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

With her very ironic statement, Morrison is criticizing society’s standard of beauty. Pedophiles are normally categorized as dirty rather than clean, but Soaphead’s pedophilia stems from the fact that he has completely succumbed to the extreme of what is considered beautiful in society: cleanliness, youth, innocence, purity. The irony comes from the fact that Soaphead has managed to do something that is very “wrong” and fiercely frowned upon because He has adhered to the “correct” (most widespread) interpretation of beauty so strictly.

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