though not comparing Tintin in the Congo to a Hitler propaganda film
But in making the comparison in the first place, you are! I agree, I don't think it is particularly profitable to make the comparison either, but as you have brought it up...
There is a huge
difference between the status of the two - examining the causes and roots of Nazism and Hitler as history affects the course of our society; it would be possible to include Congo
in that class of material, by all means.
However, Nazi propaganda films are generally not being promoted and marketed as entertainment, or sold to promote their point-of-view out of a historical context; doing so, as with films like Triumph of the Will
is contentious, and does
raise many questions, such as its use to try and re-brand Leni Riefenstahl as an auteur cinéast, rather than a Nazi apologist.Congo
on the other hand is being taken out of a historical context and placed in the entertainment field front-and-centre, and sold widely through channels which would not carry The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
or even Mein Kampf
, which is completely different.
I am not for one moment saying that you are not genuinely fond of the book for fairly innocent reasons; however, by putting it in terms of a book which you love, could suggest that you aren't making the distinction of it as the historical item, to be regarded as an item out of time, which you is part of your case, nor are you being open to the possibility that others might be genuinely offended by it.