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Tintin to be banned in the UK?

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============Racist Tintin should be banned======Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Tintin: Racist

A high street chain was today criticised for stocking a Tintin book accused of having racist content.
The Commission for Racial Equality is calling on Borders to pull "Tintin in the Congo" from its shelves.
It says the illustrated book makes black people "look like monkeys and talk like imbeciles".
The book will offend many people and should be removed from sale, according to the CRE.
A spokeswoman said: "This book contains imagery and words of hideous racial prejudice, where the 'savage natives' look like monkeys and talk like imbeciles.
"How and why do Borders think that it's okay to peddle such racist material?
"Yes, it was written a long time ago, but this certainly does not make it acceptable. This is potentially highly offensive to a great number of people.
"It beggars belief that in this day and age Borders would think it acceptable to sell and display Tintin in the Congo. It's high time that they reconsidered their decision and removed this from their shelves."
The CRE were contacted by a Borders customer who saw the book in a London branch of the chain last month.
A spokesman for the chain said it was moving the Tintin book from the children's to the adult graphic novels section of its stores.
"Naturally, some of the thousands of books and music selections we carry could be considered controversial or objectionable depending on individual political views, tastes and interests," he said.
"However, Borders stands by its commitment to let customers make the choice. After consideration of this title, we have instructed all stores to move it to the adult graphic novels section."

I think this is sort of insane. Borders (in the US at least) carries "Mein Kampf" and "The Turner Diaries"! There's many, many "classic" books that don't hold up under today's standards of political correctness, Huckleberry Finn, for one, but is banning them really the answer? I suppose coming from the same mindset that banned stories about the Three Little Pigs in certain UK schools, it is.

Am I way off base in thinking this is ludicruous?

Edit - Blah, I should have changed the title to "Tintin Book to be banned", not just "Tintin"
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Re: Tintin to be banned in the UK?

Robertson's jam no longer has a gollywog on it so don't be shocked if TinTin and "snowy" get banned.

Political Correctness gone mad? Probably - a long time ago.
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This britishism went way over my head. Translation please?

It's sad, I loved Tintin growing up. I read Huck Finn in school as well, and teachers made it very clear that the language therein was offensive and outdated, but that it was nonetheless one of the hallmarks of literature. Kids aren't as stupid as people make them out to be, and adults should be able to read whatever the hell they want.
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Re: Tintin to be banned in the UK?

Wikipedia reference-linkGolliwog
edit: interestingly linked from that article is Wikipedia reference-linkZwarte_Piet who is, to this day, one of Sinterklaas' helpers - which leads onto the Swiss Wikipedia reference-linkSchmutzli. Oh dear, what a web of hatred we're uncovering
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Re: Tintin to be banned in the UK?

Banning it goes too far, but I don't think that it should be in the children's section of book shops.
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Re: Tintin to be banned in the UK?


Deffo not kid's stuff

I can't check it as youtube is blocked - hopefully it works
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Re: Tintin to be banned in the UK?

You will no doubt be pleased to hear that the UK police are fully engaged in the fight against gollywogs - see here.
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