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Old 04-18-2012, 05:19 PM
 
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Umm, it was a black man who made the cake.
So we now judge whether a statement is racist based on the color of the speaker's skin?

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Old 04-18-2012, 05:25 PM
 
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So we now judge whether a statement is racist based on the color of the speaker's skin?

Knowing who the artist is (including his or her race) absolutely plays a role when evaluating art and the meaning behind it, especially social-issue art such as this.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Knowing who the artist is (including his or her race) absolutely plays a role when evaluating art and the meaning behind it, especially social-issue art such as this.
And when a person knows nothing about the artist? Does that mean the meaning(s) of the text (e.g., novel, billboard, lyrics, etc.) is unknowable? Of course not. A biographical reading is only one interpretation of a text. Personally I'd be much more interested in knowing the readings of this cake by those who have suffered genital mutilation than the intent or biography of the artist. Given that such readings aren't available, how about this reading:

"But the images provoked a furious response, with Sweden's African-Swedish Association describing it as "a racist spectacle".A spokesman for the association, Kitimbwa Sabuni, told Sweden's The Local newspaper: "In our view, this simply adds to the mockery of racism in Sweden."

Swedish minister denies claims of racism over black woman cake stunt | World news | The Guardian
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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It might not seem so "out there" if all the people weren't smiling and laughing in the pictures. It's like they're making fun of the woman represented by the cake.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:49 PM
 
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And when a person knows nothing about the artist? Does that mean the meaning(s) of the text (e.g., novel, billboard, lyrics, etc.) is unknowable? Of course not. A biographical reading is only one interpretation of a text. Personally I'd be much more interested in knowing the readings of this cake by those who have suffered genital mutilation than the intent of the artist.
No, it just (possibly) gives one a deeper insight into the work and allows for understanding on a different level.

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Given that such readings aren't available, how about this reading:

"But the images provoked a furious response, with Sweden's African-Swedish Association describing it as "a racist spectacle".A spokesman for the association, Kitimbwa Sabuni, told Sweden's The Local newspaper: "In our view, this simply adds to the mockery of racism in Sweden."

Swedish minister denies claims of racism over black woman cake stunt | World news | The Guardian
A superficial, knee-jerking, uncritical, unthinking overreaction by a hypersensitive person is how I categorize that "reading."
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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No, it just (possibly) gives one a deeper insight into the work and allows for understanding on a different level.

A superficial, knee-jerking, uncritical overreaction by a hypersensitive person is how I categorize that "reading."
Are you black? Just askin'.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:51 PM
 
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Obviously not a brain cell working in the whole room:

"Sweden's culture minister today faced furious calls to resign after she was pictured cutting a 'racist' black cake designed like a native African woman.The Swedish minister cut pieces from the black cake, which had blood-red sponge and was designed to highlight the issue of female genital mutilation."



Read more: Swedish minister in race row after cutting cake designed like naked, black, African woman | Mail Online
It was stupid

It was in poor taste

It showed an appalling lack of cultural sensitivity.

But it's a stretch to call it racist.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Had this been a cake shaped like a Swedish man with the attendees whacking into his penis we would have a parade of men on C-D calling the cake feminist, socialist and anti-male propaganda.
Or we would have called it a Twinkie.

[or an eclair...]
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:20 PM
 
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Hey lefties...it's "art", remember?

You want to place limits on "art"?

Ha, ha, ha!
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:22 PM
 
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It was stupid

It was in poor taste

It showed an appalling lack of cultural sensitivity.

But it's a stretch to call it racist.
"I think all "art" is beautiful"...says the lefties when it's not insulting their protected class.
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