Waterstones Join Tintin Ban

Written by Monkey Woods

Friday, 13 July 2007

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Another bookstore chain has joined the fray in the controversial Racist Tintin row by banishing the Belgian comic hero's books from its shelves.

Waterstones, unlike Borders yesterday, has taken the unusual step after the Commission for Racial Equality alleged that Tintin and his creator Herge were guilty of racist bigotry, and were sympathetic to the Fascist cause.

Borders initially moved the 1931 story Tintin In The Congo to one of its top shelves along with the adult cliterature, but several other titles in the exciting series such as Tintin In Kwalazululand and Tintin And The Kaffirs, have prompted Waterstones into an immediate response.

In the books, Tintin is seen as a globe-trotting journalist who inadvertently stumbles upon uncivilised tribes who have strange customs and traditions such as Genital Mutilation and Sharia Law. Literary critics say the stories make black people "look and act like animals".

Waterstones spokesman John Leftie said:

"We stock all kinds of books for all kinds of audiences, but stocking this kind of material sends out the wrong message."

The books' publishers, Egmont, say that the stories are "documentary evidence of the sentiments of a bygone age", and something to learn from.

Andy Hitler of Egmont said:

"Zer iz nassing wrong viz zese buchs!"

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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