Swedish Minister of Culture Performs Cake Clitoridectomy
Sweden's minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Lilijeroth has been facing calls for her resignation after her attendance at a World Art Day celebration where she "was invited to open the festivities by performing a clitoridectomy on the cake, which she did by slicing off the part of the cake depicting female genitalia. She then proceeded to feed that part of the cake to a performance artist, done up in blackface, his head protruding through the table."
When I came across this story yesterday, I was speechless. I took a day to process it, hoping that I'd be able to make some sense of it in a day's time. That hasn't happened. I still don't understand why anyone thought this was a good idea.
Meanwhile, the artist behind the cake defends his work as being "misunderstood." And what does the minister of culture have to say for herself? She's argued that the anger over the "misinterpreted" incident is misplaced and should be directed at the artist, not her.
Those Europeans: always on the cutting edge of culture.