Belgian bid to ban ‘racist’ Tintin in the Congo
Blow me another one! Tintin is now racist! Is nothing sacred anymore?Why don’t the Congolese write their own comic books and poke fun at white people? I wouldn’t mind or get offended or read it for that matter. Who is he to live in someone else’s country and tell them what books they can read or what warnings they should carry? Is he for real? And shame on us for allowing it.
A Congolese man living in Belgium is trying to get a controversial Tintin book banned in the cartoon star’s home country of Belgium
The ginger sleuth’s “little (black) helper” in Tintin in the Congo is seen as “stupid and without qualities,” Bienvenu Mbutu, is quoted as saying. “It makes people think that blacks have not evolved,” said Mbutu, who has been campaigning for years to have the book removed from Belgian shops.
A court was to rule on whether the book can be sold in Belgium and, if so, whether it should carry a warning. Although it was scheduled for Wednesday, the verdict has been delayed and is now expected on May 5.
The book has already attracted much criticism for its crude racial stereotypes. Three years ago, the U.K.’s Commission for Racial Equality called for the book to be banned, saying it contained imagery and words of hideous racial prejudice.
A black woman is featured in the book bowing before Tintin and exclaiming: “White man very great. White mister is big juju man!” Written in the late 1920s, it was the second Tintin adventure created by Herge, who later said it was a youthful sin that reflected the prejudices of the time.
A scene in Tintin in the Congo in which the eponymous hero gave a geography lesson to Africans about Belgium was later changed to a math class. Now U.K. editions are generally found alongside more adult books and are sold with a band of paper around the outside, warning the content is offensive.
While Mbutu has asked for the book to be banned, he has said he would be satisfied if it was sold with a warning like the one used in Britain, said the BBC’s Dominic Hughes in Brussels.