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.






 

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