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Tintin: oil tycoon (you know you want it)

The porter of the last page is a black man with huge lips in my edition. Herge…

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SpaceSquid said on February 14th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

More people should finish speeches by saying “I have spoken!”

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Tintin to Indians: I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!

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OK, that last page is hilarious enough to make up for the blithering insanity of the previous however many.

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Lord Elsworth said on February 14th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Fancy dress is forbidden in town? What kind of police state is that city?

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To be fair, Herge is an European, and those people have no concept of racism at all outside of hatred for Jews, Muslims, and Americans.

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What I mean is that when they’re being racially insensitive, usually it’s unintentional.

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Lord Elsworth said on February 15th, 2008 at 12:37 am

As a European, i find that generalization offensive.

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Random White kid with oil well: $5000
Indian Tribe with oil well: $25 bucks + scram
That part seems realistic enough.

(I come from Red Lake, where the governor had us draw the boundaries in pencil, had Bu-si-noss sign in ink,
then redrew the boundaries in ink. Over a hundred years of being bitter.)

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SpaceSquid said on February 15th, 2008 at 4:40 am

“To be fair, Herge is an European, and those people have no concept of racism at all outside of hatred for Jews, Muslims, and Americans.”

That’s irony, right? As oppose to grotesquely offensive.

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Is it possible that there are people in the world who are INTENTIONALLY racist? I’m not even sure how that would work. Quietus, you probably should have just kept your mouth shut.

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And SpaceSquid got it one.

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In one.

But climactic failures of grasping satire on the internet aside, I still think that you can’t assign a lot of malice on Herge’s part for racial insensitivity. His worldview is from a different time, and while ignorant, isn’t meant to be offensive. I hope. I recall reading that in The Blue Lotus, Herge had a lot of help getting the characterization of Chinese culture correct. Unfortunately, he ends up making the Japanese look really bad. Oh Herge, you 30’s Belgian, you.

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SpaceSquid said on February 15th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Just checking. Mainly because satire is somewhat hard to read *sans* intonation. Of course, there’s a valid discussion to be had on how much leeway we should give to “racism from the past”, I just wanted to know what ground we were standing on.

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Piranhtachew said on February 18th, 2008 at 1:18 am

Redskin City … Dan M. Snyder = “Bobby Smiles”?

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Pat from Red Lake: In our bitterness, we share a soul bond. Accuracy in Comics at Fun-Time Square of Resentment, USA! (I’d be a little less bitter if I were eligible for free tuition at some state colleges, scholarships, etc. but unfortunately, I’m not a card-carrying Native. FAIL FAIL FAIL.)

Also, aren’t they in Chi-town? How the fuck did they get to a Blackfoot Reservation? With cacti? And children inexplicably called after the sling in which they are meant to be carried??

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Danny Sichel said on February 22nd, 2008 at 11:51 pm

It’s interesting that, when Bobby Smiles curses, he evokes the names of various prisons.

Well, “interesting” perhaps isn’t the word. “Grotesque”, perhaps?

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The last picture with traffic police is really looking very funny . Thanks a lot blogger for such a nice posting.
Keep blogging
:-)

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