Tintin in trouble
Accused of being ‘racist’, ‘ignorant’ and ‘offensive’,
Tintin In The Congo
goes up on trial in Belgium next up. A Belgium-based Congolese man, Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo, has asked for the comic to be banned as its depiction of native Africans is demeaning.
In the comic, there’s a scene where a black woman bows before Tintin and says, “White man very great. White mister is big juju man!”. The verdict will be out next week. Three years ago, there was also a movement in Britain to ban the book, and the Brooklyn Public Library in US has placed it in its reserve collection.