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Tintin books wrapped up over “racist” content

Children’s book Tintin in the Congo has been shrink-wrapped and also has a warning included with it following racism fears.

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A TINTIN BOOK has been slapped with a warning in the UK over racism fears.

The Telegraph reports that Tintin in the Congo, which was written in 1930, has been shrink-wrapped and a warning has been included with the book.

But the Campaign for Real Education has condemnded the move, calling it “over the top”.

Tintin books have been in the spotlight again recently following the release of the Tintin film, directed by Steven Spielberg.

Tintin in the Congo is the second book in the comicbook series The Adventures of Tintin, which was written by Belgian cartoonist Hergé.

On the Guardian’s Comment is Free blog, human rights lawyer David Enright argued that the book should be banned.

The Daily Mail reports that following complaints by Enright, the restrictions on the presentation of the book were put in place – and some book stores have taken it completely off their children’s books shelves.

On its website, Egmont, the publisher of the book, states:

Tintin in the Congo reflects the colonial attitudes of that period in its depiction of African people. Hergé himself admitted that he was influenced by the bourgeois, paternalistic stereotypes of the period. This is also true of the treatment of big-game hunting and the attitude towards animals. All copies of the book will be displayed with a belly-band advertising its content.

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