New edi­tion of Hergé book Tintin in the Congo con­demned over al­leged racism

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

The cel­e­bra­tion of Tintin’s 90th birth­day has been over­shad­owed by con­tro­versy over al­leged racism in a new edi­tion of one of his tales.

The al­le­ga­tions are re­lated to the ti­tle Tintin In The Congo, which was first se­ri­alised in 1930. Pic­tures by Hergé which show Africans with fat, red lips and wear­ing loin­cloths have been widely crit­i­cised, in­clud­ing by Bri­tain’s Com­mit­tee for Ra­cial Equal­ity, as mak­ing black peo­ple “look like mon­keys and talk like im­be­ciles”.

Con­golese car­toon­ist Barly Baruti said it was wrong to bring out a new edi­tion of the book at a time when far-right par­ties were on the rise.

He said: “We ask our­selves if it is the right mo­ment.”

The new edi­tion will be de­layed un­til later this year as there is a dis­pute be­tween the pub­lish­ers and Hergé’s es­tate over whether or not the book should be pref­aced with a warn­ing about its con­tent.

In 2007, a Bel­gian court re­jected an at­tempt by Con­golese cam­paign­ers to have the book banned.

It ruled “there was no in­ten­tion in Tintin In The Congo to con­vey racist, up­set­ting, hu­mil­i­at­ing or de­grad­ing ideas to­wards the Con­golese”.

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