Tintin turns 90 amid racial slurs

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD - In the Congo, Tintin

BRUS­SELS: Tintin will mark his 90th birth­day this year with a re­turn to con­tro­versy as his Bel­gian cre­ator’s heirs re­lease a new edi­tion of

a work from 1930 that draws ac­cu­sa­tions of racism.

The boy reporter’s ad­ven­ture in the then Bel­gian colony was among the first Tintin sto­ries to be se­ri­alised by the artist Herge, and his widow’s firm is launch­ing a re­mas­tered dig­i­tal ver­sion in colour to cel­e­brate 90 years since the strip car­toon char­ac­ter first ap­peared in a Brus­sels news­pa­per in 1929.

The pub­lish­ers dis­missed sug­ges­tions that the story, which fea­tures char­i­cat­u­ral black Africans with fat, red lips and wear­ing loin­cloths, was prob­lem­atic: “Di­a­logue is most im­por­tant and the work of de­con­struc­tion, de­coloni­sa­tion, is just as im­por­tant,” Robert Van­geneberg said. |

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