Saturday, July 28, 2007

The doggy king.

The was a minor row recently over thw CRE's call to have 'Tintin au Congo' banned. Among the complaints were the charge that the storylines were racist, including a tribe mistaking Tintin for a god and and crowning his dog king. I watched Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest recently. Among the plotlines are the crew of the Black Pearl, led by Jonny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, being stranded on an island, where savages mistake Sparrow for a god. At the end of the film, after the credits have rolled, the is a shot of the dog (who got left behind in the film). He is on a throne, wearing a crown.

Do the CRE know this? I think they should be told...


At 2:26 PM, Blogger UK plc said...

ALmost tempted to delve back in to the Captain Cook thing once more, but it's always so much less rewarding than it looks.
Why are they so cool about Enid Blyton, for example?
A copy of this book (in French) was sitting in a cafe I was in here (Petersburg) on Saturday.
More worrying, maybe, is the state of the first sentence of that story. "The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) is calling on high street books to pull a Tintin adventure from its shelves over claims it is racist." Calling on high street books to pull an adventure? And from the BBC no less...


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