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Bowdlerised Tintin


I own the dvd collection of the Tintin animations from the early 90s. I know compared to the books on which they are based there are sections that have been left out [largely instances of Captain Haddock drinking – though it was always played for laughs] and this might be for reasons other than ‘squeamishness? but I was surprised recently to see in the local library the Tintin in the Congo edition of the book to be marked with a large stuck on notice ADULTS ONLY and the same WARNING as included by the publisher on the rear about changes in cultural attitudes in the years since the comic book was written.

Whilst ‘dodgy’ ideologies should always be challenged, it appears we now live in a time where we are frightened of our own words and no one is given credit for being able to figure things out for themselves?


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