Tintin Banned In Brooklyn!
The Brooklyn (New York) Public Library has removed Tintin au Congo from its shelves. If you want to read the graphic novel, you’ve got to ask for it and risk that “what are you, a bigot?” glower from the librarian.
In an act of insane political correctness, somebody looked at the tome and bitched about how Africans are portrayed as monkeys. So instead of actually reading the damn thing, the librarians protected their professional butts and pulled the book. If you want it, you’ve got to make an appointment to see it.
This isn’t the first time such a fate fell on Hergé’s popular munchkin. Borders, the always-on-the-verge-of-bankruptcy mega-bookstore chain, moved Tintin au Congo from the graphic novel section to their adult section. Hey, that’s where I go for my racist children’s fiction.
Stevie Spielberg, the well-known racist director of Amistad and Schindler’s List, remains on track to release his Tintin movie in 2011. Co-written by Doctor Who show-runner Steven Moffit, the movie stars the obviously insensitive Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Cary Elves, and Andy Serkis.
No word on whether the Brooklyn Public Library and Borders are going to hide the works of Mark Twain.