Tintin Isn’t Racist – Legally, At Least

February 14th, 2012
Author Graeme McMillan
I know it’s a question that’s been on your mind a lot lately, but now you can rest easy – Tintin is not racist, according to a Belgian court:

Documents from the court of first instance in Brussels show that it did not believe the 1946 edition of Tintin in the Congo was intended to incite racial hatred, a criteria when deciding if something breaks Belgium’s racism laws. The decision was issued late on Friday…The Belgian court said the book was created at a time when colonial ideas were prevalent, and there was no evidence that Hergé, who died in 1983, intended to incite racism. “It is clear that neither the story, nor the fact that it has been put on sale, has a goal to … create an intimidating, hostile, degrading or humiliating environment,” the court said in its judgment. read more

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