May 20, 2016

Arrested AGAIN: Does Swedish artist Dan Park’s anti-migrant cartoon go TOO far?

Rebel Staff
 

During my trip to Europe, one of the artists I met was Dan Park of Sweden.

Some of his work is crude and some is thought provoking. Of course, Park is a leftist. I think everyone in Sweden is.

Dan Park made some posters about Muslim migrants and was invited to exhibit his work in an art gallery. What happened next?

He was jailed.

Well, I caught up with Park via Skype yesterday because he's in trouble again.

This time, his new anti-migrant cartoon uses a swear word -- in North America, we'd call it "the N-word."

WATCH my entire interview with Parks from last night's show, then tell us in the comments:

Do you think Parks' cartoon went too far?

But even if you're offended by his choice of words, should be have been arrested for using it?

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commented 2016-05-21 16:17:08 -0400
I think the word Nigger is not that bad. If blacks can use it in their “art” then why not this guy who is not even a native english speaker but when he’s exposed to English language songs from North America he’s exposed to this word Nigga, the hip way of saying Nigger. It’s only a word and you can only have so much faux outrage against it. There once was a time when it was used in a bad way like when the KKK were using it as they lynched a black man. That was the worst case scenario. But today with it prevalent in Rap-Hip-hop, who really cares? Only those looking for a fight.
commented 2016-05-21 11:42:34 -0400
He’s not inciting violence. What else is even relevant?
commented 2016-05-21 01:37:09 -0400
I just wanted to add I was in a neighbourhood in the East Coast of Canada that had a large black population and many people from other countries as it was end of the war era…and a school for the deaf. They too were treated poorly as well. However the army was called in because many of the black population were treated very badly ( I saw and heard it myself )and they were afraid and finally called it out.. they just wanted to be treated with respect..and that was years ago. I am thankful that much has changed but disrespect still happens, and unfortunately it is both sides. I think now all around it is more than ever..or it is the media that portrays that..I don’t know for sure. Today though the pendulum is beginning to swing much the other way it seems against white folks..especially men, sad to say. They are viewed..woman too ..as the new buzz word as “privileged”, and I find that very unsettling. There goes the free speech for “that” crowd and I am not liking it nor accepting of it. Where it will go just might end up nasty. Many have been verbally and or physically attacked. I had lots of exposure to many groups and customs and people travelling across Canada and USA. I love individual freedom of expression and to speak freely. That is disappearing very fast as most of us are aware, but this mindset did not just happen..it has been brewing for a long long time…probably in the schools of higher learning for a starters. We need to be able to think critically what we are taught or experience, and I don’t think many are capable or know how to do that. I am very sincere and serious when I say that. Exciting times and sad times are coming.
commented 2016-05-21 00:26:40 -0400
The reason why the SJW legions are so often exposed as being mired in confuseion about what is/is not racism is because anyone born since the 1980s has lived their entire life insulated from it, and because they have wasted ridiculous amounts of their intellectual energy demanding even more and more insulation. So glad I grew up in a different time when everything was right out there for the world to see, and the individual decided for himself what was over the line. People like Dan Park should be demanding the right to continue doing what they do, for whatever reason, be it artistic license, free comment, genuinely racist beliefs, or WHATEVER. It’s nearly time for the pendulum to swing back. The sooner humans go back to using their heads, reject mindless trending groupthink and embrace individual expression and personal values, the better.
commented 2016-05-20 21:08:41 -0400
What u show on this site Ezra for the most part represents what you stand for and fight for, for people, and a platform to do just that. Most of the platforms unfortunately are mostly bent towards Liberalism and as yours leans more to the Conservative bent. Saying that I want to say how simply grossed out I am about seeing his video and how racist he comes across. I did not like what he was portraying at all. I did not get a good vibe about it. I had wondered Ezra if you too might have felt a hint of that too.? I can’t judge his heart, but don’t want your site to have more problems than necessary. I just felt a yuck. I understand the migrant problem as I have been following it for over a yr or more, but what he was showing on the video seemed strange. I get the migrants from Africa etc in his art work but ..I don’t know Ezra..seemed like for a second you got duped for a platform for what seems to be racist slant? I hope I am wrong..very wrong. Thanks for letting me chat away.
commented 2016-05-20 14:16:52 -0400
blacks can spout whatever vile crap comes out of their tiny brains and get away with it.
I think they should pay 21 trillion to natives for using the land and then get the fuck off said land by returning to their point of origin.
all of them.
commented 2016-05-20 13:26:45 -0400
It seems that the problem is with the use of the word “Niggers”. I find this word distasteful,also. Having said that, I also think that American and Canadian Blacks would also use this word to describe some of the people being imported from Africa, acting like wild Tribesmen.

To the best of my knowledge, “Niggers” is derived from the Country name Nigeria. In the old days Nigeria became shortened to “Nigger”. Soon all Blacks were known as “Niggers” I stand to be corrected on this.
commented 2016-05-20 13:11:24 -0400
While I don’t feel he should be charged with a crime, I do contend that some of his “artistry” is tasteless, rude, hateful, etc. In my opinion, things that “cross the line” can be censored by disallowing it to be presented in print or video or otherwise by the owners of the media which is asked to display or broadcast it, but because it doesn’t directly call for violence against any persons, it should not be deemed criminal.
commented 2016-05-20 13:07:08 -0400
They set him up. He shouldn’t have displayed his art publicly, because they tricked him, in order to arrest him.

“All art is propaganda” – George Orwell
commented 2016-05-20 12:38:53 -0400
Even imperial Rome’s dictators allowed graffiti – this is where the term came from – plebeians who had no say in government drew rude and slanderous commentary about their rulers o Rome’s buildings and walls – the forum still has some visible.

the Roman tyrants knew better than to enforce a ban on this last hope of “Vox populi” for fear of angering the mob.

It’s an indictment of the arrogant stupidity of the rulers of the new Roman empire that they will arrest political graffiti artists.