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Swedish Minister of Culture Called on to Resign Over Interaction with Artist's Cake: VIDEO

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An art installation by Makode Linde meant to draw attention to the issue of female genital mutilation in Africa is making headlines in Sweden:

The artist, Makode Aj Linde, who created the installation for World Art Day on 15 April, took part in the cake-cutting, with his blackened face and head sticking up next to the cake's stomach and arms. The cakes "insides" were a gruesome red. A video shows him screaming loudly every time a visitor hacks off another slice of the cake. Linde posted photos of the "genital mutilation cake" on his Facebook page. But the images provoked a furious response, with Sweden's African-Swedish Association describing it as "a racist spectacle".

SwedministerSweden's Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth has been called on to resign by Sweden's African-Swedish Association for cutting into the cake:

"Her participation, as she laughs, drinks and eats cake, merely adds to the insult against people who suffer from racist taunts and against women affected by circumcision."

Adelsohn Liljeroth denies she did anything wrong:

"They wanted me to cut the cake." Ultimately, the artist was to blame for any confusion, she said, arguing that the situation had been misinterpreted. "He claims that it challenges a romanticised and exoticised view from the west about something that is really about violence and racism," she said. "Art needs to be provocative."

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  1. WTF? That's just plain...I don't know. I know PC folks think it's wrong to be judgmental, but WTF were/are those 'progressive' social democrats over there in Sweden thinking? Were they all high or something? Those photos and video are going to be immortalized on the internet for infinity.

    It's interesting and provocative 'art', but doing it in Sweden, surrounded by smiling white people, and a government minister with a big sh*t eating grin on her face, shows you how out of touch and delusional these people are.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 18, 2012 10:39:14 AM


  2. How dare you criticize me you uneducated peasants; this is about art and being in your face. If you don't understand or appreciate this, that's not my problem. Wow... this minister and her ideology are VERY patronizing and condescending.

    Probably millions of people around the world are going to end up seeing this, out of context. Millions of poorly educated, or just plain dumb, people, and they're not going to appreciate the minister's nuanced explanation or this piece of 'art' at all. It will only provoke irrational violence. The Swedish government should immediately fire this woman and do some serious damage control.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 18, 2012 10:46:51 AM


  3. Sooner or later, the Far Left is going to have to come to the realization that its notions of "multi-culturalism" are a fiction. Nation-states exist for a reason--because people that are too different from each other simply cannot live in harmony together. They never have in the history of the world and they never will--and if humanity has not learned that lesson by now, it is doomed.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 18, 2012 10:47:08 AM


  4. Nice to see the PC wacko gene is not confined to the USA.

    Posted by: Oliver | Apr 18, 2012 10:50:31 AM


  5. Wow @RICK--- racist much?

    Posted by: Scott | Apr 18, 2012 11:01:28 AM


  6. This performance art is offensive. The human head, with its shark-like teeth and the white around the eyes, make the human figure clownish and lacking in empathy. The gouging of the human genitals would have been more striking if the screaming head looked like a typical African girl, not a racist cartoon from the early 20th century. This art failed.

    Posted by: trees | Apr 18, 2012 11:05:16 AM


  7. @Scott, actually Rick makes an interesting point. Watch this video about Britain vs muslim

    http://youtu.be/0hKEd6rzbeg

    Posted by: Oliver | Apr 18, 2012 11:06:07 AM


  8. RICK sure got here fast. You're looking for the male prom queen post, though, dear. Off with your self-loathing self, now!

    Posted by: Booby | Apr 18, 2012 11:06:39 AM


  9. NEVER MIND RICK. Can posters please stick to the subject at hand? I'll try and do so, can everyone else? I get the distinct impression, 'Rick' is used as a foil to distract attention from unpalatable subjects.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 18, 2012 11:16:06 AM


  10. Meanwhile in this whole debate-- as evidenced by the above comments here-- the actual issue of female genital mutilation is lost. Completely ignored. I guess this is a failure on the part of the artist and the minister, but folks, this is a seriously disgusting "cultural" practice that needs to be stamped out. So I don't care if this whole episode wasn't PC-- it's not racist to tell African Muslims "quit cutting up your women and mutilating them like this."

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Apr 18, 2012 11:16:21 AM


  11. @trees. This art did fail, as did the artist. If his purpose was to call attention to female genital mutilation, his raucous laughter in the video suggests he thinks f-g-m is funny, perhaps that the women deserve it. What am I supposed to think: eating bloody body parts is entertaining and refreshing? The Culture Minister should have ordered the cake out of the room as soon as she realized what was happening. But, apparently, she never realized women in Africa were symbolically being ridiculed and assaulted.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Apr 18, 2012 11:17:34 AM


  12. What makes this even creepier is the distinctly sterile looking environment, like a hospital operating room or morgue. A bunch of smiling, smirking, laughing, bland sterile looking social democratic 'progressive' middle aged Swedish women standing around a cake made to look like a badly deformed caricature of an African woman with her groin gouged. What could go wrong with this piece of 'art'?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 18, 2012 11:21:19 AM


  13. @Oliver there is no such thing as Britain vs. Muslim. Some Britons are Muslim, some are not. But the idea of Britain vs. Muslim is a fantasy of extremists on BOTH sides of the ideological spectrum. God forbid that such a fantasy would become a reality.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 18, 2012 11:22:39 AM


  14. Unbelievably disgusting.

    But let's face it. If the cake had been of an African boy, or a Jewish BOY, it wouldn't have even made the news. People joke about cutting off all or parts of male genitalia all the time and no one seems to think it's inappropriate or shameful.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Apr 18, 2012 11:24:38 AM


  15. @JPECKJR where did you hear raucous laughter? I heard overly dramatic wailing, not laughter.

    Either way this art did score one point, and a major point when it comes to art, in that people are talking about it. It may be for the wrong reasons however still, people are talking about it. Similar to "bad press is good press because ANY press is good press."

    As for the piece itself I am in agreement with most here in that my first thought was WTF?!?!?! Still, female genetalia mutalation is now on my mind which means it is likely to find a way into my conversations with friends and coworkers thanks to this debauched art so it isn't an entire failure...

    Posted by: Opinionated | Apr 18, 2012 11:28:12 AM


  16. @Rick, tell that to the girl in the video.

    Posted by: Oliver | Apr 18, 2012 11:30:05 AM


  17. This is not hard to understand:

    I and others understand this is 'art' and the people involved, including this obviously clueless minister and her handlers, probably mean well.

    BUT....there are MANY people in the world who WILL NOT 'appreciate' this piece of 'art' or those pics and vid. Anyone with COMMONSENSE can deduce this.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 18, 2012 11:34:52 AM


  18. Rick - Islam is a cancer, and the proof can be found in abundance. People who are chanting "UK go to hell" in a foreign accent can hardly be described as Britons. They are infiltrators and invaders. A Green March is happening in Europe, and mark my words it will give rise to a necessary backlash.

    We have an opportunity to take warning from Europe here in the US. We need to purge this country of all Green Marchers, be they illegals from Mexico or "cousins" from Pakistan.

    Posted by: David Hearn | Apr 18, 2012 11:38:47 AM


  19. @Oliver, or better yet, try telling it to the many Muslims who hold elected office throughout the UK. Including in the House of Commons and House of Lords. Or those in the police force. Or those in academia...and so on.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 18, 2012 11:40:20 AM


  20. That last post from "Rick" beginning with @Oliver There is no such thing as Britain vs. Muslim was not from me, the "real" "famous" Rick.....but the first post in the thread with the name Rick under it was made by me.

    Man, some people really are obsessed with me, aren't they?

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 18, 2012 11:41:07 AM


  21. @Rick, you actually just proved the point (the many Muslims who hold elected office throughout the UK. Including in the House of Commons and House of Lords. Or those in the police force) that many in Britain, France and even Canada feel ...the plan is to take over by the simple use of shear numbers.

    Posted by: Oliver | Apr 18, 2012 11:49:42 AM


  22. So this art piece is about muslims in Great Britian and Europe??? Color me stupid on that then for I totally thought this was on awkward Swedish art and African female circumcision. Shows what I apparently know.

    Posted by: Opinionated | Apr 18, 2012 11:58:04 AM


  23. @Oliver, ummm so are you suggesting that certain citizens should NOT participate in civil society or engage in the democratic process?Maybe it's time we institute some sort of religious purity test for teachers and police officers and politicians -- and those who don't recognize Jesus as their personal savior can just stay home?

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 18, 2012 12:02:23 PM


  24. Um, the minister of culture is not a Social Democrat. The Ministers are from the blue conservative block and have been for the past 2 elections.

    So nice to see misinformation spreading on the internet, such a rare thing.

    Posted by: Thimmy | Apr 18, 2012 12:09:17 PM


  25. Thank you for correcting me,THIMMY. I didn't know that. BUT...even 'conservatives' in Sweden are very 'progressive' and the social democratic socialist paradise agenda is THE dominant ideology and agenda in Sweden. Swedish society is very much controlled, lock, stock and barrel by this ideology and agenda.

    What's the artist's ideology/politics? And the folks who sponsored this 'art', not to mention the hanger's on in those pics and vid?

    And ministers like her, even in conservative or centralist governments, tend to be 'progressive' or 'artsy-fartsy'.

    Bottom line:

    EVERYONE involved in this are off their rockers.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 18, 2012 12:23:10 PM


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