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Thouroughly racist and problematic,
This review is from: Tintin in the Congo (The Adventures of Tintin) (Hardcover)Reading these reviews of Tintin au Congo reminds me of the words of social analyst Jason Edward Black, "the scariest of racial stereotypes and prejudices arise when the public cannot recognize such ills." Frankly I'm concerned by some of the responses: "there is nothing here that I would personally regard as outrageous" and "It preaches the true story of colonialism and Africa. However there is absolutely nothing racist about it..."
As a child I read both Tintin and Asterix comic books, adored them and was delighted to study them in a course on la bande dessinée at uni. This is when I read Tintin au Congo which provoked pretty strong feelings of repulsion.
This is emphatically not an ideal read for young Tintin fans. It is however a thought provoking text that allows older and more aware readers to tackle issues such as cultural and political imperialism, `Orientalism', the depiction of the cultural other etc.
When my 8 year old nephew kick off his shoes jumps on his bed and settles down to another few pages of Tintin I do not want him to read this, nor do I want his best friend who is black to pick up this book and be confronted with highly racist depictions of Africans who are stereotyped as ugly, lazy, childish, inferior and stupid.