Well does it? It certainly makes me very uncomfortable. They claim that the cake was “designed to highlight the issue of female genital mutilation.” GTHOH That then makes it insensitive as well as tasteless. I’m looking at this picture and all I see is a bunch of white that think it’s crazy funny to cut up a cake made into the depiction of a black woman dressed in African tribal gear. For them to feel that this was okay baffles the heck out of me. I don’t think they never thought this would make it public….that’s what it is.
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Sweden’s culture minister, had appeared at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm when she was invited to cut the cake which was designed like a naked 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.
Despite the intentions of the bizarre cake, however, critics described it as a ‘racist spectacle’, and demanded Ms Liljeroth resigned for participating in the ‘tasteless’ event.
The Association for African Swedes said the cake was a crude racist caricature which ‘makes a mockery of racism’.
Kitimbwa Sabuni, a spokesperson for the group, told Swedish news agency TT: ‘To say that you did this for a good cause only makes the mockery of people who are victims of racism and of circumcision worse.’
Mr Sabuni told a Swedish newspaper Ms Liljeroth’s participation in a dubious event with cannibalistic overtones showed her ‘incompetence and lack of judgment’.
Makode Linde, the artist who came up with the cake, had placed his own head at the top of the cake and said it had been misunderstood.
The black cake, part of an exhibition on World Art Day, was intended as part of the artist’s project illustrating degrading stereotypes of black people through history.
Liljeroth, whose photograph cutting a piece of the cake was widely shown in Swedish media, said she understood why people would be offended by the incident.
She said in a statement: ‘I was invited to speak at World Art Day about the freedom of art and its right to provoke.
‘And then they wanted me to cut into the cake. I don’t review art, but I can very well understand that this whole situation was misunderstood.’