Political Correctness Unemployment in Finland

Finnish national hero impersonated by black actor

An original translation by Michael Laudahn:

FINLAND: Finnish national hero Gustaf Mannerheim, the only one having received the title ‘Marshal of Finland’, is being portrayed by a black actor in a new film. Finland, which has been largely spared of the paralysing politically correct dogma, now seems to get its fair dose.

The film titled ‘The Marshal of Finland’ has its premiere later in september, during a Helsinki film festival. Mannerheim’s roll is being played by kenyan Telley Savalas Otieno  a choice which has caused much rebellion and debate in our neighbouring country.

We are totally taken by surprise of the strong reactions. The entire country is divided into two parts, like during an earthquake’, says the movie’s producer Erkko Lyytinen at finnish public service radio/tv YLE. Many excited voices have been raised, and certain people consider it scandalous that the national hero is played by a black man. Media and bloggers, however, are much more content with this choice. According to Lyytinen, the debate indicates a low self-esteem, who also thinks that reactions would have been different in Sweden.

‘I figure that reactions would have been different in Sweden. How would you have seen it if, let’s say, Gustaf II Adolf had been depicted as member of a different race?’ [For the reply, see readers’ reactions.]

The film is a finno-estonian-kenyan co-production and has been shot in Kenya. The definite product will probably last a bit more than one hour, and it will be shown both at the film festival and on tv, later this year. Lyytinen thinks that Mannerheim certainly is a national hero, while simultaneously pointing at the fact that his activities lie 75 years back in time, and that much has happened in finnish society since then. ‘But the movie is about reports. A man reports the Mannerheim history for a group of Kenyan children, who obviously imagine Mannerheim a person more or less as they are. It is about an attempt to see things from different angles. We who are behind the film have tried to achieve this, but it went wrong, says Erkko Lyytinen, laughing.

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3 Responses

  1. Oooh, a black guy playing Mannerheim??

    Stunts like this are not even edgy anymore — just stale and predictable. Yawn.

  2. This is a tough one. In theory it should matter if he’s a good actor regardless of race, although I’d think logically they would cast an actor that looks most like the original historical character. The problem in this case is it seems the actor has been cast ONLY because of his race “to shake up the establishment” which is as bad as when Hollywood used Caucasians to play Asians (eg Micky Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffanys) or blackface.

    If I was the actor I’d be insulted that the only reason his race is an issue is because the makers of the movie have made it so by cynically using him as a pawn for their leftist agenda.

  3. Coming soon. Life of Martin Luther King – starring Brad Pitt.

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