“Tintin in the Congo” stands trial in Belgium

“The adventures of Tintin in the Congo” goes on trial today accused of being racist towards Africans.  The campaign against the publishers BD Casterman to get the comic book banned has been led by Bienvenu Mbutu, a Congolese man now resident in Belgium.

It is not the first time the comic book has come under fire.  In 2007, the British Commission for Racial Equality sparked a debate in the UK saying it contained “hideous prejudice” and calling for it to be banned. Although not taken out of circulation it was removed from the children’s section and carries a warning that readers may find the content offensive.  Even online copies advertised on Amazon now come with an over 16’s certificate. Continue reading