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    Tintin 'to be sued' for racism

    Tintin 'to be sued' for racism

    Wed, Sep 2 01:40 PM
    London, Sept 2 (ANI): A Congolese accountant is taking Tintin to court on charges of racism.

    Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo, 41, has accused judges in the cartoon hero's native Belgium of trying to bury his case to protect a "national symbol".

    Bienvenu is claiming that Herge's controversial Tintin In The Congo is propaganda for colonialism and amounts to "racism and xenophobia", reports The Telegraph.

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

    Two years ago, Bienvenu had launched a case in Belgium for symbolic damages of one euro from Tintin's Belgian publishers Moulinsart, and demanded the book be withdrawn from the market.

    However, since then his lawyer, Claude Ndjakanyi, said that the Belgian justice had not responded.

    "Our request to access the dossier was judged premature even though the investigation has been running for two years," he said.

    Ndjakanyi believes the silence was politically motivated: "It's the symbol of Belgium that is under attack."

    The lawyer said he would launch parallel proceedings in France and go "all the way to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary".

    Until 1960, the Congo remained a Belgian colony, and between 1885 and 1908 millions of Congolese are thought to have died under the brutal rule of Belgium's King Leopold. (ANI)

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    There's absolutely no doubt about the racism in Tintin but I'm not sure that suing the publishers is going to achieve much.

    between 1885 and 1908 millions of Congolese are thought to have died under the brutal rule of Belgium's King Leopold.
    That's 'thought' in the sense of 2 + 2 is thought to equal 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy View Post
    "Tintin's little (black) helper is seen as stupid and without qualities. It makes people think that blacks have not evolved," he said.
    I certainly hope he doesn't represent blacks with this, as he isn't helping make the case of being smart and evolved....

    What a dumbass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy
    Tintin's little (black) helper is seen as stupid and without qualities. It makes people think that blacks have not evolved," he said.
    Tintins little helper must have been from the Congo then where more people have died in conflicts than in any other country since the end of world war two, I'm sure some idiot will blame the Belgians though.

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    Agreed DD. Other than looking stupid, it will also just cause resentment and likely provoke racist responses. Personally I think this is ridiculous and it irritates the crap out of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by teddy
    Tintin's little (black) helper is seen as stupid and without qualities. It makes people think that blacks have not evolved," he said.
    Tintins little helper must have been from the Congo then where more people have died in conflicts than in any other country since the end of world war two, I'm sure some idiot will blame the Belgians though.
    well, em King Leopold and all that.

    Heart of Darkness
    Joseph Conrad

    is a very good contemporary description of things at the turn of the 19/20 th centuries

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    Well, the Belgians didn't help by sponsoring the first of Congo's coups.

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    Tintin in the Congo was first published in 1931 and reflected the conditions of the time. It is a bit late to start complaining about the content now. Reminds me of the time that they revamped Noddy, to remove all trace of the Golly because it was deemed to be politically incorrect.

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    Hello Friend, I am Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo, send me all of your money to fight this case of racism and imperialism.

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    Is it just me or did others get hungry too when reading an Asterix comic and watching Obelix eat a wild boar?

    I always wanted to eat a wild boar.

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    The fragility of the state has allowed continued conflict and human rights abuses. In the ongoing Kivu conflict, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) continues to threaten the Rwandan border and the Banyamulenge, and Rwanda supports RCD-Goma rebels against Kinshasa; a rebel offensive at the end of October 2008 caused a refugee crisis. In Ituri, where MONUC has proved unable to contain the numerous militia and groups driving the Ituri conflict. In the northeast, Joseph Kony's LRA moved from their original bases in Uganda, where they have fought a 20-year rebellion, and South Sudan to DR Congo in 2005 and set up camps in the Garamba National Park.[17][18] In northern Katanga, the Mai-Mai created by Laurent Kabila slipped out of the control of Kinshasa. The war is the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, killing 5.4 million people.[19]
    The impact of armed conflict on civilians
    In 2009 people in the Congo are still dying at a rate of an estimated 45,000 per month, and 2,700,000 people have died since 2004. This death toll is due to widespread disease and famine; reports indicate that almost half of the individuals killed are children under the age of 5. The aftermath of the war has gutted the country. This death rate has prevailed since efforts at rebuilding the nation began in 2004. --Wikipedia

    And yet this guy's concerned about a stereotype in a Belgian comic. There really is no hope for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
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    Is it just me or did others get hungry too when reading an Asterix comic and watching Obelix eat a wild boar?

    I always wanted to eat a wild boar.
    I,ve eaten wild boar, well not exactly wild just mildly pissed off. They farm it in Oxfordshire. Arroy!

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    But seriously, suggesting that black people and my girlfriend, Reasis, have not evolved is unfare. They are simple beasts, give them time.

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    Snowy won't take this lying down.

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    It`s all a front.

    It`s really the Belgian dark chocolates that he`s after.

    Mondondo loves to eat them whilst watching his favourite cartoon character Tintin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mackayae View Post
    Snowy won't take this lying down.
    Maybe take it doggystyle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy Bob View Post
    Hello Friend, I am Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo, send me all of your money to fight this case of racism and imperialism.

    Did he buy that copy?

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