Blackface … cakes?
While I was offline on Monday and Tuesday, I needed some brain rest time, I apparently missed the new taste of racism. Instead of shooting unarmed black teenagers eating skittles, offenders are now making cakes shaped like stereotypical black female caricatures and saying the dessert’s design highlights female circumcision. You know, in an artsy way. Adding more to make your skin crawl, when munchers cut into the blackface cake, the artist, in black face, who made said sweet screams as if he’s experiencing genital mutilation while the cake cutters laugh and smile. What the hell am I supposed to do with this at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday? Didn’t we already tackle this foolishness when Dutch magazine writers called Rihanna a “niggerbitch” in print and blamed Americans for a) being too sensitive and b) doing it first? Here’s a bit of former Jackie magazine Editor’s “non-apology-apology”:
While the author meant no harm — the title of the article was intended as a joke — it was a bad joke, to say the least. And that slipped through my, the editor-in-chief’s, fingers. Stupid, painful and sucks for all concerned. The author has been addressed on it, and now I can only ensure that these terms will no longer end up in the magazine. Furthermore I hope that you all believe there was absolutely no racist motive behind the choice of words. It was stupid, it was naive to think that this was an acceptable form of slang — you hear it all the time on tv and radio, then your idea of what is normal apparently shifts — but it was especially misguided: there was no malice behind it.
“Niggabitch” was printed … about Rihanna … a black woman … when the history of the word rehashes the separation and degradation used during slavery of African people … but there was no racist intentions?
Here’s a taste from the Swedish newspaper Fria Tider, reporting that the country’s minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth attended the genital mutilation party for some cake-cake-cake and had a grand ol’ time, despite not being a fan of racism. You know, in theory:
A macabre scene with racist undertones took place on Saturday when Swedish minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth attended a tax funded party for the Stockholm cultural elite. The self-proclaimed “anti-racist” Liljeroth declared the party officially started by slicing a piece of a cake depicting a stereotypical African woman.
Photos from the party at World Art Day have already been released on Facebook and are now going viral in social media.
The shocking photos show several established left-wing members of the Stockholm cultural elite watching and laughing as Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth slices a cake depicting a black African woman with minstrel-esque face.
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth 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.
The events that unfolded at the party stand in stark contrast to Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth’s official political positions. Publicly she advocates a strict hard-line approach against racism.
Just another case of ‘What, that’s not funny to you? Oh, I didn’t mean it like that! You’re so sensitive.’ Or maybe this is just some fancy art project that goes over my head on a day where I’d rather crawl back under the covers but I’m pretty sure that making light of women who endure vaginal mutilation by depicting them as a sweet red-centered dessert, which reminds me of some bizzaro world of Steel Magnolias, is not my idea of effective art. But hey, maybe that’s just me.
ps. I haven’t identified who first called this a “nigger cake” in the media, so I’m not going to attack that topic.