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Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 14:47:14 in World

“I've often experienced people and groups responding in ways that seem inappropriate, however is it possible that the group reaction, as well as the ministers reaction, comes from feeling uncomfortable or unsure how to react? Sometimes feeling uncomfortable makes us respond with laughter or silliness. Do you see where I'm going with this?”

Wairimu on Apr 19, 2012 at 15:45:29

“As a matter of fact I do- that's the same thing alleged by another story I'd seen on the topic.
Pretty big oops though- for the Minister.”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 14:39:03 in World

“I believe the entire act is an act of power and control over women, and has no connection to the practice of circumcision.”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 14:36:17 in World

“However, did you understand that the act of performing castration of the clitoris has no sound medical basis, can result in infection and death, and permanently remove the ability of the woman to receive pleasure.”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 14:26:40 in World

“do you truly believe this? Could it be that there are a few sick people in the world, usually political leaders, who affect the majority through greed, power and collusion.”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 13:29:25 in World

“Is there really a need to provoke each other? Everybody has their own level of perspective that is relative to their experience on the planet, and experiences vary greatly. And consider that many comments are often brief and lack sufficient detail to accurately gauge a posters true intention. Is it really worth attempting to perpetuate hurt, or trying to injure or put somebody down using words wielded with painful intent?”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 13:20:00 in World

“Sorry, didn't intend to repeat my comment, but my original comment disappeared and I thought it was deleted by the moderator in error. Interesting observation, my rewrite is much more concise! I need to use this hidden technique more often, being concise is powerful!”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 13:15:02 in World

“Excellent, it takes integrity to confess to something said in quick judgement of a situation.”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 12:54:49 in World

“Folks, humans are humans, that they are living in a location on Earth known as Sweden, makes them no different from you or any other human.”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 12:50:40 in World

“Since the moderator does not allow repetition of comments, I'd like you to consider reading my previous comments from today. Essentially, the cake is an archetype of female fertility and the act of cutting into it is a metaphor. Art is not always intended to be obvious.”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 12:45:48 in World

“This article appears biased on several levels and if you read todays comments you will find a link to an article about the artist, his work and his comments about that day.”

Wairimu on Apr 19, 2012 at 13:22:31

“I've also seen other links to stories making it seem like the Minister was set up. Either way, I still think what the artist did was tasteless as was the Minister's actions. Again, just because it's 'art' does not make anything alright.”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 12:43:20 in World

“Actually, the cake is an archetype of feminine fertility, and the simply act of cutting into a cake with out giving any thought to the act is an excellent metaphor for the willful and thoughtless act of cutting into a baby or young woman to remove a piece of her that is integral.”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 12:37:36 in World

“Actually, the cake is an archetype of feminine fertility, and the simply act of cutting into a cake with out giving any thought to the act is an excellent metaphor for the willful and thoughtless act of cutting into a baby or young woman to remove a piece of her that is integral.

Read the artists comments about his work and his reaction about that day: http://hyperallergic.com/50140/controversial-afro-swedish-artist-speaks-its-a-disturbing-picture-but-its-also-a-disturbing-subject/

John Carman on Apr 19, 2012 at 13:20:00

“Sorry, didn't intend to repeat my comment, but my original comment disappeared and I thought it was deleted by the moderator in error. Interesting observation, my rewrite is much more concise! I need to use this hidden technique more often, being concise is powerful!”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 12:31:56 in World

rlmyrtlb on Apr 19, 2012 at 14:21:13

“Enjoyed reading your link. One did not listen to the laughing cake, but did think that there was a real, live head there! And it was the young man himself!
My question....why does he employ black when he himself is a medium brown? One would that all humans recognize the fact that we are all some shade of brown. Skin pigmentation is produced almost exclusively by melanin, an organic molecule, which is from an amino acid which is common in proteins. I have little protection from solar radiation, my great loss!!!!! One believes this black and white (which are not colors) serves as a wedge....promotes racism.

Alas, John, one does not agree that all humans are alike. From Europe came King Leopold II and Doctor Albert Scweitzer to the Congo, and the former mutilated and murdered a host of Africans, while the latter went to Africa on a mission to administer love and healing. Some men receive an education that arouses and keeps alive great feelings of compassion, while others are material bent, and no thing will stand in their way of obtaining $$$$ wealth.”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 12:27:07 in World

“Corrections, sorry I dislike typos.

...whose entire body of work (not who's)
...taken far of context (not contest)
...my read is that (she) is not quite sure how to respond (I left out "she")”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 12:21:29 in World

“Actually, the symbolism in the cake is quite intentional and represents the feminine archetype of fertility, the act of cutting into the cake without giving any thought to the act is being used as a metaphor for the willful and thoughtless act of cutting into a child or young woman. The artist is Afro-Swedish, and his entire body of work, including the one represented in the article is based on racism and abuse. I don't believe the article or its author has accurately represented the artist or the situation, and wrongful misrepresents what actually appears to have taken place that day.

Please read the artists comments:
http://hyperallergic.com/50140/controversial-afro-swedish-artist-speaks-its-a-disturbing-picture-but-its-also-a-disturbing-subject/

garypeter on Apr 20, 2012 at 06:29:46

“Thank you, I shall read it. Peace Out!”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 11:06:40 in World

“Have you considered that the audiences discomfort, an intended aspect of fine art, is being projected as silliness and laughter?”

njoytday on Apr 19, 2012 at 17:28:51

“We are teh audience and yes we feel disconfort but no one at that party displays a bit. They are amused by the cake and cutting from the place it symbolizes. It is immature.”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 11:01:21 in World

“Really, you're dismissing an entire country of people because you're disturbed by one performance artwork done by an Afro-Swedish male?”

Positive61 on Apr 19, 2012 at 12:13:47

“You are absolutely right!

My only and definately not good excuse, is that I viewed this very early in the morning, before coffee. Forgive my intolerance--Sweden is one of the countries I would have loved to visit; maybe even live.”
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 10:30:09 in World

“First, it's important to understand that this is a performance piece being done by an Afro-Swedish male artist who's entire body of work (this is only one piece) focuses on racism and abuse. I truly don't understand the writers surprise, shock and implied audacity that the piece was done by a man.

To place this piece into its deserved perspective it is important to read the artists statement about this and his entire body of work ~ http://hyperallergic.com/50140/controversial-afro-swedish-artist-speaks-its-a-disturbing-picture-but-its-also-a-disturbing-subject/

The calls for the ministers resignation are unfounded and her actions and statements are too being taken far out of contest. Think about it, way would a high profile official, who happens to be a woman, who is very aware of the press, intentionally do something against women or race? According to the artist, the ministers attendance was unplanned. My read on the minister is that is not quite sure how to respond and her discomfort is self-projected as playful silliness, at one point she even breaks with the performance by emotionally separating the artist from the performance, feeding him cake.

About me, I love and respect all beings living on this planet, I try to limit my judgement of others, understanding that we're all moving through life learning about ourselves and evolving consciously.”

Scoot2711 on Apr 19, 2012 at 14:30:29

“I appreciate your clarifications about the artist's background and intentions; my initial reaction was one of total disgust and disbelief. However, I still think this attempt to draw attention to the abuse of girls and women is misguided and grotesque: the context is a "party"; several people seem to be smiling/laughing as they photograph the artist; and the artist's exaggerated "blackface" seems -- on the surface of things -- to be a mockery of the women's suffering. Within another context, his focus on the issue would be a powerful act; right now, it seems to be pornography of the violence.”

John Carman on Apr 19, 2012 at 12:27:07

“Corrections, sorry I dislike typos.

...whose entire body of work (not who's)
...taken far of context (not contest)
...my read is that (she) is not quite sure how to respond (I left out "she")”
Starbucks Beetle Extract: Chain Under Fire Over Insect Ingredient In Frappuccinos

Starbucks Beetle Extract: Chain Under Fire Over Insect Ingredient In Frappuccinos

Commented Apr 2, 2012 at 12:36:09 in Home

“As a raw vegan, I'd have to side with Starbucks position to use a natural food coloring, instead of relying on the toxic swill known as red dye no.40. But, as a raw vegan, I've never had interest in coffee, dairy or anything offered at Starbucks.”
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California Homeless Crisis Grows As State Is Reluctant To Use Powerful Law

Commented Feb 27, 2012 at 17:14:52 in Business

“Update To The Story:

To those who wondered the fate of the dog, I received a reply from the writer/story author, Marcus Baram, who added "Sad to say, the dog passed away too."”
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Two Sick Puppies Walk To Human Hospital, Wait In Lobby (VIDEO)

Commented Feb 10, 2012 at 19:17:22 in Green

“I shared your concern, a quick search turned up that this particular Humane Society is a no kill shelter. However, as another commenter pointed out, you need to ask to be 100% certain they will not "euthanize" the animal. Some will wait 5 days before killing an animal, others will put down a sick or unacceptable dog immediately.

I'd love to see a day when all animals are held in equal regard, that we'll share outrage the killing of all animals.”
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California Homeless Crisis Grows As State Is Reluctant To Use Powerful Law

Commented Feb 9, 2012 at 20:15:50 in Business

“I'm wondering the same thing, she looks so soulful, and the thought of her ending up on her own or worse, in a kill shelter, would break my heart.”
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