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If you can’t even make light about cannibalism, then this world has gone completely bonkers. The next in the line of fire are the comedians, they’ll be hounded for offending just about everybody. At least they believe in equal opportunity. KGS

NOTE: The artist makes a few mistakes however. The first one was to apologize, the second was to use a lame argument that he views cannibals as fictitious characters as Santa and werewolves. Cannibalism still happens today in many parts of Africa. So it wasn’t a racist cartoon, but highly factual truth telling.

Excerpt: According to the artist, cannibals, just as Santa Claus, werewolves and the like, are fantasy figures that he never thought would offend anyone.

”It wasn’t and will never be, my intention, But seeing as this has been perceived as racist, I naturally offer my utmost apologies,” he wrote.

Swedish hip-hop star slams ‘racist’ cartoon

Published: 12 Jan 12 11:53 CET | 

When Swedish newspaper Metro on Tuesday published a comic strip by Norwegian artist Frode Øverli, the paper received a barrage of complaints from readers who perceived the cartoon as racist.

Swedish artist Jason ”Timbuktu” Diakité was among those who reacted angrily toward the image.

”Frode Øverli’s comic strip…was the most insensitive and degrading thing I have ever read in your newspaper. It is a crystal clear case of ignorance and lack of insight in what it feels like to be subjected to racism. I feel deeply offended and very sad,” Diakité wrote in an email to Metro editor Peter Gunne.

The comic strip features a cannibal chief, his daughter, and a prospective suitor.

The cartoon was a play on the the phrase “to ask for someone’s hand” and many Metro readers felt that it was based on racial stereotypes.

”After all these years of human knowledge it seems you remain in the era of steam engines, racial biology and genocide. You should be ashamed of yourself for not knowing better,” Diakité wrote.

However, it wasn’t just Diakité who objected to the controversial strip. According to Metro, some 60 readers contacted the paper saying that they felt that the image was racist.

The paper has therefore chosen to print an apology, saying that it never meant to offend anyone.

”Is it OK to make fun of cannibals? Yes, I think so. Is it OK to joke in a way that can be seen as racist? Absolutely not,” Gunne wrote in Metro and added that the paper has a zero-tolerance policy against racism.

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7 Responses

  1. Oh it absolutely does come across as extremely racist. But I also think the cartoonist and the editor honestly didn’t think so and aren’t in the least bit racist.

    Different countries have different histories of race relations so a joke in one country could be mean spirited while the same joke in another would not be mean spirited.

    If it had been published in Belgium, a country with a nun to shiny colonial history, I’d say the intent was racist, but it was made and published in Sweden, a country without any history of racial oppression.

    The thing about being from a country that has little racial tension is that different standards develope concearning what is and is not appropriate. Those standards have not been altered by cultural dialogue as it is in countries where there have been tensions.

    On the first day on set Patrick Stewart (who let’s pretend we don’t know played captain John Luc Picard on Star Trek), an actor from england, a country that has always had a large black population and almost no racial tensions, said something he thought would be light hearted “spirit of comradery-esk” to one of his african american co actors. But they were Americans, not brits. They were increadily offended and it soured relations for a very long time.

    1. So are we saying that if a cartoonist depicts a US foot soldier asking a regiment officer in the early 1800’s, whether or not this pile of blankets were the ones contaminated with small pox, (with a long line of Indians waiting for them)….it’s racist against white people?

  2. “the paper received a barrage of complaints”

    Barrage ? A what ?
    ~60 people from estimated 1.6 million readers of that newspaper.


    It’s not even hilarious.

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