A Belgian court will rule next week whether the comic Tintin in the Congo should carry a warning label after a Congolese man asked teh rout to pan the comic for its racist stereotypes.
Tintin in the Congo, the second book in the comic strip character’s adventures, appeared in 1930. It has crude, stereotyped depictions of Africans which Belgian cartoonist Herg’e later said were reflecting racist, colonialist views of the time.
A Belgian court will hear the case for banning the book Tuesday, but Mondondo’s case might be undermined because he may have lied about his profession, according to the online comic strip magazine actubd.com. And there are some reports that he has not been able to pay the lawyers representing his case.
The UK’s Commission for Racial Equality called for the book to be banned three years ago, and the book is now sold with a paper label warning of offensive content.