Sweden's minister of culture has come under fire for cutting a cake in the shape of a naked black woman in a series of events some deemed a "racist spectacle," Sweden's English-language website The Local reported.
While attending an art installation in Stockholm on Sunday, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth began cutting the cake as directed, symbolically starting at the clitoris. The cake, intended to highlight the issue of female genital mutilation, was part of the installation, according to the report.
"In our view, this simply adds to the mockery of racism in Sweden," Kitimbwa Sabuni, spokesperson for the National Afro-Swedish Association told The Local.
"This was a racist spectacle."
The organization has demanded Adelsohn Liljeroth's resignation.
Artist Makode Aj Linde created the installation, and his head, poking through the table, was meant to look as though it was part of the cake. According to the Swedish website, the artist took to his Facebook page to write about his "genital mutilation cake."
"Before cutting me up she whispered, 'Your life will be better after this' in my ear," the artist wrote in a photo caption for a photo of the partially eaten cake, which was a gory red on the inside.
Sabuni told The Local that 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."
According to The Guardian, Adelsohn Liljeroth denied doing anything wrong.
Adding that the situation had been misinterpreted, she said she had only been asked to cut the cake and the artist should be blamed for any confusion.
"He claims that it challenges a romanticized and exoticized view from the West about something that is really about violence and racism," the minister told a news agency, according to The Guardian. "Art needs to be provocative."
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