Swedish Minister of Culture Under Fire for ‘Racist Cake’

Christina Ng, ABC News, April 18, 2012

Swedish minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth is at the center of a firestorm brought on by her participation in cutting a cake in the shape of a naked black woman that many are calling racist.

Liljeroth was participating in a World Art Day event at Stockholm’s modern art museum, Moderna Museet, where she was asked to cut a cake in the form of a black woman’s torso. The cake was created by artist Makode Aj Linde, whose head poked through a hole in the table as the woman’s head.

Linde said that the cake was meant to draw awareness to the issues of female circumcision and racism.

As Liljeroth cut into the genital area of the red sponge cake, Linde mock screamed, “No. No.” The minister and the people surrounding the table laugh and take photos, which can be seen in video of the event.

The video and images sparked outrage, most notably from the National Afro-Swedish Association, which is calling for the Liljeroth’s resignation.

“The Museum of Modern Art’s cake party meant to problematize female circumcision, but how this should be done with a cake depicting a racist caricature of a black woman, complete with blackface is unclear,” the group’s spokesman Kitimbwa Sabuni said in a statement on the group’s website.

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  • WmarkW

    Here’s a photo of Makode Aj Linde

    http://bbanzaiz.tumblr.com/post/21273758816/so-this-is-makode-aj-linde-this-artist-behind-the

    Hopefully, this will defuse the racism accusation.
    But not the superiority of Western art.

  • Wow, so not only are Whites supposed to be the world’s police force we are also expected to be the world’s gynecologists. When exactly did the clitorises of arabs and blacks become Sweden’s problem? Just because they are importing Africans into Sweden, disastrously I might add, doesn’t mean Sweden has any obligation to Africa.

    This is one thing that I just can’t find myself capable of caring about. Sure, genital mutilation is barbarism of the worst sort, but it is impossible to stop externally. It happens approximately 20 to 30 million times a year amongst blacks, so what is Sweden supposed to do?

    Plus, as a relativist I celebrate and embrace the richness and the fullness of cultures. One culture’s risque piercing is another culture’s infibulation with baling twine. Who am I to say, as an evil White Man ™ what is right or wrong, moral or immoral?

  • Jared Pierce

    This has got to be one of the most bizarre stories I’ve read on AmRen. (No criticism to AmRen intended, just the bizarre world we live in).  A Black artist bakes a cake. A White group of politicians eat the cake. The Black community cries racism.  What were they supposed to do with the cake if they weren’t going to eat it?   Why did the crazy artist make it in the first place?  We truly live in a very strange world, don’t we? 

    • gemjunior

      LOL.  Yes, we certainly do.  The Swedes really take the cake though.  They really have perfected the art of White self-flagellation, and ethnomasochism.  I just cannot believe how far they’re willing to go wit their retardedness.  The cake is, as you say, the most deranged expression of abnormality.  Had to laugh at the pondering of the post.  Oh, and btw, I wouldn’t touch the cake.  I’m so far gone I probably wouldn’t even eat a piece of cake baked by a black person.

  • Jared Pierce

    If someone bakes me a cake that looks like a Black Person, I am just not going to eat it.  

    • bluffcreek1967

      For crying out loud, that cake looks creepy!

  • Rocky Bass

    I watched video of this “event” complete with audio, just SICK SICK SICK.

  • CourtneyfromAlabama

    Yes, as usual, I agree that the racism charges are ridiculous. That aside, as a woman, I find this whole cake idea perverted and offensive, considering that it looks as if the genitals on this cake were quite detailed. Is this really necessary and appropriate for the awareness of these horrible crimes commited against women? Not that I am a feminist, but a cake like this should be preserved for an x rated bachelor party. It just goes to show how goofy feminists can be, and how bazaar and primitive third world immigrants are.

  • kerrysmith

    This one really takes the cake.

  • kerrysmith

    On further reflection, the cake recalls an old cartoon creation of Robert Crumb’s — “Angelfood McSpade” — images of which (whom?) can be found here:  http://www.google.ca/#hl=en&gs_nf=1&pq=yahoo%20mail&cp=12&gs_id=35&xhr=t&q=angelfood+mcspade&pf=p&biw=1680&bih=955&sclient=psy-ab&oq=angelfood+mc&aq=0&aqi=g2g-v2&aql=&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=ea203da1c7ecb102

  • .

    I saw the video of people cutting the cake and busted out laughing. I couldn’t help it. It was funny. LOL!

  • radical7

    Jared Pierce:

    “If someone bakes me a cake that looks like a Black Person, I am just not going to eat it.”

    I bet you have eaten devils food cake or german chocolate cake.

    • gemjunior

      “radicaaaaal”baaaaaaa7:  I wouldn’t eat any cake baked by a black person or a black bakery.  How’s that?  I love German Chocolate Cake (I actually “heil” German Chocolate Cake) and since I’m a White Devil, I also like Devil’s Food Cake.  My favorite is Blue Eyed Devil Cake, or Angel Food Cake with little blue dots on it for the eyes.

  • better_times

    This is sick.

  • It’s impossible not to be “racist,” therefore, expunge the word for your vocabulary and memory for all time.

    This Swedish minister feted this whole cake affair did it out of SWPL-style “anti-racist” concerns about FGM.  But some people STILL found it “racist.”  It’s just like the Stolen Generations in Australia:  It was the anti-racist thing to do many decades ago, but now, Official Australia can’t apologize enough for the “racism” of it all.

    “Racism” is such a meaningless concept that it defies the laws of physics:  Somehow, you can be both racist and anti-racist at the same time.

  • ageofknowledge

    ROFL.. That’s a crazy picture.

  • ageofknowledge

    One in four admitted to being a rapist. I wonder how many didn’t admit it that had done it.

  • Kurt Plummer

    It is grotesquery for it’s own sake.

    Whites _should_ be embarrassed by it and for displaying themselves with it.  Half of life is not ability but beauty, aesthetics.  And we should not be forcing ourselves to ‘laugh about it’ when we _do not want this_.

    For either reason.

  • sbuffalonative

    99% of complaints from blacks are simply attempts to ‘stir the pot’. This, however, is disturbing on a couple different levels.

    Aside from the cake being grotesque and disturbing, the sight of people laughing at an issue they deem important and serious is bizarre.

    “Art needs to be provocative.”

    Frankly I’m fed up with this justification used by the left. Actors, artists, and comedians on the left (are there any who aren’t) seem to believe their profession gives them a special exemption  those on the right are denied.

    Rush Limbaugh used a crude word to describe a 30 year old single college woman who seems to need an excessive amount of money for birth control. While I don’t like the fact that Mr. Limbaugh used that particular word, it does seem to be somewhat appropriate consider the women in question and her need for the government to fun her social life.

    Contrast this with Bill Maher who called Sahar Palin, a married mother, the C-word.

    Mr. Maher and other comedians, actors, and artists do not have any special right of free speech. The Left are the ones who demand politically correct language and they need to understand they have no special exemption. 

      

  • CourtneyfromAlabama

    Articles dealing with fgm are the ones I like the least on Amren. The reason being are the immature and perverted comments I always see coming from some men on here. Are we still in Junior High? We don’t need a detailed anatomy lesson on female genitals every time, okay? This time around the comments haven’t been as bad, I will admit. Considering that this is a crime commited against little girls it really disturbs me how fascinated some of you are with this procedure. We should recognize this as something taboo, bizarre, and primitive that doesn’t belong here, but beyond that, spare us the details. This isn’t a porn site or a medical site.

    •  ? What are you talking about ? The tenor of the comments was- we are not interested & take that Simba barbarity to your own godforsaken dump.

      • CourtneyfromAlabama

        You should see the types of comments that usually get put up under this topic, and I explained that above. Under this article there is only one or two. My whole point is that since this is done on little girls I can’t help but be disturbed by the detail that some posters go into when describing the ins and outs of this procedure, and some commenters explain it with great interest and fascination on the topic.