Tintin banned in Brooklyn

3rd September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The New York Daily News reported that Brooklyn's head librarian had ordered Tintin Au Congo off shelves in borough branches after customer complaints about racism.

The paper is also staging a poll to see if readers agree with the decision to take the 80-year-old book off library shelves.

Tintin Au Congo is now the only book in the city library system hidden from public view after a reader complained that it was "racially offensive."

“Tintin Au Congo was relocated," said director Richard Reyes-Gavilan. He told the NY Daily News: "It had illustrations that were racially offensive and inappropriate for children."

The controversial text came under fire in London in 2007, with many claiming that African people had been portrayed to look like monkeys.

The popular Belgian children's work is now locked behind a series of hidden doors on the third floor of Brooklyn's central library, the paper reported.

Donna Lieberman, the head of the New York Civil Liberties Union, has blasted librarians "for taking the easy way out" and not considering the "long term in engaging in censorship."

Famed director Steven Spielberg will put Tintin on the big screen in 2011, highlighting the adventures of the young reporter who travels the world with his dog, Snowy.

Library officials across the city of Brooklyn have debated pulling about 25 books and DVDs from city shelves.

Only Tintin was blacklisted.


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