Man seeks ban on Tintin in Congo citing its racist content

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London, Apr 28 (ANI): Tintin in Congo is once again facing the flak for its allegedly racist depiction of black people.

Bienvenue Mbutu, a Congolese national living in Belgium, has asked the Belgian courts to ban the book, but has said he would accept a ruling that the book must display a warning about its content.

Mr Mbutu has also tried to have the book banned in France.

"Tintin's little (black) helper is seen as stupid and without qualities. It makes people think that blacks have not evolved," he has been quoted as saying.

A Belgium court, home to the book's author Hergi, is due to rule on the matter later today, the BBC reports.

Three years ago the UK's Commission for Racial Equality called for the book to be banned, saying it contained imagery and words of hideous racial prejudice.

The book has been criticized time and again for depicting crass depiction of black people and reinforcing racial stereotypes.

In the book, a black woman bows to Tintin and says: "White man very great.White mister is big juju man!"

The celebrated creator of the character, Herge said it was a youthful sin that reflected the prejudices prevalent at the time it was conceived, reports The Telegraph. (ANI)

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