Thursday, July 12, 2007
The danger with calls for bans
At the risk of opening a real can of worms the opinion I wish to express over the call for copies of Tintin in the Congo to be removed from bookshops because it is racist is that if you follow that line knowing where to stop is going to be the problem. Most books written in the colonial era take a line that would now be considered racist including some parts of Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop, which was the lunchtime read earlier this week. These focusing on Tintin should be careful they don’t whip up a storm they can’t calm down.