Minister in hot water over 'racist cake'

2012-04-18 14:01
Cape Town – An association representing African people in Sweden has called for that country’s culture minister to step down after she was photographed cutting a cake shaped in the form of a naked black woman, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

The Association for African Swedes said the cake, in the shape of the naked upper body of an African woman and was filled with a blood-red sponge, was a crude racist caricature, reported the broadcaster.

"To say that you did this for a good cause only makes the mockery of people who are victims of racism and of circumcision worse," the association's spokesperson is reported to have told local media. 

According to reports, the cake, created by Stokholm-born artist Makode Linde - who is black - was meant to highlight the issue of female circumcision.

Linde, who painted his own face and took the place of the head of the cake, told the BBC his work had been "misunderstood".

The TT news agency reported that Liljeroth had said she could "understand that this can feel provocative".

"It was a bizarre situation. I was invited to speak at World Art Day about the freedom of art and the right to be provocative, and then they asked me to cut up the cake," the minister said.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    sweden  |  racism
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Wales wary of Giteau threat
LIVE: Canada 8-0 Romania
LIVE: Fiji v Uruguay
Habana proud of spirited Springboks
Traffic Alerts

Are you burning the candle at both ends? Listen to your body and your emotional reactions. Know when to slow down or stop. It is more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.