Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Sweden’s minister of culture, has caused an uproar after cutting a cake depicting a naked black woman at a party.
The party took place on April 15th as part of World Art Day celebrations. After kicking off the event by slicing into the cake, the minister received demands for her resignation for her support of this insulting act.
The cake was created by Makode Aj Linde and was modeled after a naked black woman which screamed in pain when a piece of it was cut.
Where was it cut you ask? In the area where the vagina would have been (check out the pictures).
Kitimbwa Sabuni, spokesperson for the National Afro-Swedish Association said, “the minister’s participation, as she laughs, drinks, and eats cake, merely adds to the insult against people who suffer from racist taunts and against women affected by circumcision.”
About 140 million girls and women are living the horrors of female genital mutilation. This practice is used in 28 African countries which brings no health benefits to the individual. It is performed on girls ranging from infancy to 15-year-olds. Many suffer for years even after the circumcision, according to the World Health Organization.
According to Linde, the cake creator, the National Afro-Swedish Association misunderstood his work. He claims that it was meant to highlight the issue of female circumcision.
However, many have condemned the minister’s actions seeing it as being inconsiderate of the issue of female circumcision. In one picture, she fed the cake’s head a piece of what she cut from it while smiling and laughing.
Should the minister resign her post after this seemingly racist act?