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


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. Liberal conservatism

    Modern European liberal conservatism combines current conservative policies with more liberal stances on social issues.[2] This has developed as an opposition to the more collectivist views of socialism. Often this involves stressing what are now conservative views of free-market economics and belief in individual responsibility, with social liberal views on defence of civil rights, environmentalism and support for a limited welfare state. Centre-right political parties in Europe are usually liberal conservative. Compared to a different group of centre-right parties, such as Christian democratic parties, liberal conservatism is less traditionalist, and usually more right-libertarian economically, favouring low-taxes and minimal state intervention in the economy. This philosophy is that of Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.



    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 18, 2012 12:43:59 PM

  2. No, art does not need to be provocative, particularly, it does not need to be provocative for the sake of being provocative.

    It does need to be communicative, and this piece communicates contempt.

    Posted by: Cassandra | Apr 18, 2012 1:00:43 PM

  3. Um... yeah. She should resign and go burn herself as well as the artist.

    Posted by: Will | Apr 18, 2012 1:20:55 PM

  4. The only things provocative about this "art" are the reactions - not of disgust, but of giggling and smiling as they cut a piece and make the "cake" scream. You are free to enjoy your provocative piece of participatory performance art. I am free to acknowledge my visceral reaction of horror and disbelief at the inappropriate nature and epic failure of your piece.

    Posted by: TJ | Apr 18, 2012 2:13:46 PM

  5. @Rick

    How do you explain the US?

    Posted by: Al | Apr 18, 2012 2:28:07 PM

  6. The U.S. has serious issues surrounding OUT OF CONTROL multiculturalism, not the concept of people from different background coming together and living under one dominant and accepted culture. The same is true in places like Canada, Australia, etc. even though in Canada it's officially accepted policy that the different 'races' and ethnicities can live on their own, with their own cultures, etc. and not have to absorb into the dominant traditional Canadian culture. The U.S. at least tacitly demands everyone kind of merge into one, while keeping some aspects of their ancestors culture, as long as it doesn't conflict badly with dominant American culture.

    The Roman's were very accepting of many outsiders as long as they conformed to the dominant Roman culture, they could even become Emperor. But the idea a nation/society can thrive with a lot of demographic, social and economic stratification is an illusion.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 18, 2012 3:24:25 PM

  7. That is not "art" it's just stupid- still I do not see why the PC police are upset.

    Posted by: jaragon | Apr 18, 2012 6:21:17 PM

  8. American's greatness, in part, is it's successful multiculturalism within a context of sharing values. Like most things in the world, it's not black and white (as most conservatives keep pretending/hoping/praying).

    And FGM is horrifying and not particularly Muslim, but traditional. I have had the displeasure for my work to see a number of women's mutilated genitals and it's heartbreaking.

    Posted by: David R. | Apr 18, 2012 6:35:23 PM

  9. And yes, this art installation is horrible too. I sense the artist was using FGM to further his career.

    Also interesting that our TR conservatives assume that FGM is Muslim. Low-information much?

    Posted by: David R. | Apr 18, 2012 6:37:27 PM

  10. I'm not 'conservative' and said nothing about Muslims or religion in general in any of my posts.

    America is probably the most successful western nation in the world at integrating people into an extremely multicultural society. And America in this respect is probably the least PC or driven my Euro-style leftist ideology. We are not 'officially' multicultural like Canada, we don't have an 'official' language[s], we don't arrest and if convicted, send people to prison for saying 'mean', bigoted, racist things. But what we do, as far as integrating immigrants at least is concerned, we do obviously well.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 18, 2012 9:53:38 PM

  11. I think the art works wonderfully. It's not about female genital mutilation, it's about people who spend exorbitant amounts of money under the guise of helping those more unfortunate. I wonder how much that cake cost? It's even more poignant because that official doesn't even know she should be offended by the blatant racism. Success.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 19, 2012 12:09:12 AM

  12. Before you start attacking an artist perhaps you should do some research.

    Posted by: Dan | Apr 19, 2012 10:51:12 AM

  13. Before you start attacking an artist maybe should do a little research.

    Posted by: Dan | Apr 19, 2012 10:53:59 AM

  14. Wow... Seriously? The government we have now are not socialists, they are doing everything they can to feed the rich, and starve the poor. If you seriously believe that every party in Sweden are about socialism, then you've been brainwashed by your media and politicians.

    The government in place right now is trying their damned hardest to turn Sweden into the US. Cut down on schools, healthcare, funds for the elderly, etc. Pour cash into corporations.

    Posted by: Thimmy | Apr 19, 2012 3:03:12 PM

  15. You'd think these filthy bastards would have learnt something in the 60 years after they killed 6 million people and we bombed their asses.

    Oh wait, it's Sweden...

    Posted by: Max | Apr 19, 2012 3:24:47 PM

  16. For all the people here that are blaming the socialdemocrats/liberals, the fact is the government of Sweden including the minister of culture are from the conservative right wing party.

    Posted by: Jonas Swede | Apr 19, 2012 3:30:00 PM

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