The book is a product of its time and we just have to make allowances for this if we are to have full sets of Tintin.
It’s an interesting point, but you might want to put the shoe on the other foot, sometimes, and try and look at it from the other side.
If the book truly and deeply causes offence to a person or a group of people, why shouldn’t
it be removed in this day and age?
Why don’t we look at it and say, “It is of its day, its time has passed, and we can now consign that work, which may have been created innocently, but today is revealed as unworthy, to the dustbin of the past?”
We basically seem to have a situation where people are going, “Well yes, we can see there’s a problem, but why bother to fix it now?” My question would be, “Well why not
Hergé himself was quite happy to deny us a chance to have a complete set of albums throughout most of his life, by ceasing the production of Soviets
, more or less it would seem because he didn’t like it as an example of his naïve early style. It was only in an effort to thwart pirates that it came back into the fold. He could have done the same thing with Congo
, but not only did get a colour version, it stayed in print (and was commercially very successful), even when he was aware that it was controversial - that seems a hard position to justify now, to me at any rate.
To cause genuine hurt to someone, to even consider tacitly promoting racist views in world beset by iniquity and inequality, seems a high price to pay for having something as trivial as a comic book? Doesn’t it seem a wee bit contrary to the views generally promoted by Tintin himself?