Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Nanny Bans Herge
I see that one of Herge's Tintin books has fallen foul of the pc brigade.
Apparently publishers of "Tintin in the Congo", Egmont UK, want to shrink wrap the book and attach a warning to perspective purchasers about its content.
In the view of the publishers there are certain scenes within the book (reworked in 1946) that are racist, and they feel that some readers may be offended.
The warning reads:
"In his portrayal of the Belgian Congo, the young Hergé reflects the colonial attitudes of the time.
He depicted the African people according to the bourgeois, paternalistic stereotypes of the period – an interpretation that some of today’s readers may find offensive."
It seems to me that so long as it is clear that the book was written at a time when attitudes where very different, then instead of "placing it off limits" in this way it would actually serve as an excellent educational tool for demonstrating how society has progressed.
Additionally, by making it "top shelf" material it will make it highly attractive to certain people for all the wrong reasons.
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