On 29 June 2020 strip no. 2548 drew controversy from readers of The West Australian newspaper for its dialogue, in which the villain in the story used offensive language to refer to Indigenous Australians. Strip no. 2548 and the associated story „The Stone Age Caper“, has a villain who makes racist statements. The story had previously been published by the newspaper in 2009. At that time, the only complaint about the story was that in one panel Modesty is shown topless.

On 30 June 2020 the newspaper made a decision that, after 48 years, it would cease publishing Modesty Blaise.


Not all novels are free of problematic wording, too.
Examples coming soon.