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Racist art disgraces Czech EU presidency

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Mise, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Ecofarm

    Ecofarm Deity

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    Really, only the bomber-patrol Putie is art.
     
  2. emzie

    emzie wicked witch of the North

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    Friggin hilarious :lol:
     
  3. Leonel

    Leonel Breakfast Connoisseur

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    You should strike to air your outrage! :lol:
     
  4. potatokiosk

    potatokiosk Deity

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    It arouses emotions so yes, I'd say it is art.
     
  5. Shekwan

    Shekwan Kim Chi Quaffing Celt

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    If it isn't it should be. :lol:
     
  6. Dachs

    Dachs Hero of the Soviet Union

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    That explains Boston, but what about Louisiana?
     
  7. C~G

    C~G Untouchable

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    Distasteful at worst, slightly amusing at best. Racist?...If europeans mock themselves from stereotypes...is it racist?

    What is more amusing and also more distateful is that people in Europe seem have lost their sense of humour and sense of self-irony.

    BTW, The drunken gunman hunting strange animals in wooden platform representing Finland is spot on.

     
  8. Enkidu Warrior

    Enkidu Warrior Ultramagnetic

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    Huh? The pieces displayed in the pdf seem different from those on the actual installation itself.
     
  9. a_propagandist

    a_propagandist The Light Brigadier

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    Ask the guy to make one for the US now.
     
  10. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    Funny that, since it's usually Americans being lambasted by Euros for taking themselves too seriously.

    How do you know he is drunken?
     
  11. Winner

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    How did you get this impression?

    AFAIK this is not in the least meant as a criticism of the EU. It criticizes nothing, just reveals the national stereotypes. Thus the Bulgaria as the land of Turkish closets - it's not meant to be offensive, it's supposed to make people laugh and say "yeah, that's it!".

    About Germany - though I didn't see any resemblance to swastika at first, I admit that nazis are still part of the stereotypes about Germany. I mean, even if they're not the first that crosses your mind (I think about car industry first, reunification second), they are still what people associate with Germany.

    Therefore I think he probably did want to arrange the highways into a picture that would vaguely resemble swastika - in order to show that this stereotype exists, however it is now blurred and receding (on the original draft image for Germany, the highways were arranged in a different shape).
     
  12. Dachs

    Dachs Hero of the Soviet Union

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    They're not the first thing that crosses your mind? Come to America. First time I was suspended from school was for beating up a kid who called me a sausage sucking Nazi.
     
  13. Steph

    Steph Multi Many Tasks man Retired Moderator

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    To show how outrage, we have to do a strike on strike!
     
  14. Winner

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    Was he black or Jew? :mischief:

    Seriously, nazis are really not the first thing that crosses my mind when somebody mentions Germany - I blame the liberal propaganda promoting evil immoral things like reconciliation!

    I'd say that many of the older Czechs learned sympathy for the Germans because they shared the same prison cell (aka Soviet bloc).
     
  15. Dachs

    Dachs Hero of the Soviet Union

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    Neither.
    Possibly. Americans never had that, so their opinion of Germans runs towards the Nazi and good car side, and usually a mixture of the two.
     
  16. Winner

    Winner Diverse in Unity

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    That would be another French primacy!

    Seriously, you should do something about it, the disease is spreading - last week the trade unions announced a strike if the gov. doesn't make changes in some laws concerning their social benefits and our center-right gov. caved to that! That's an outrage!

    (we must keep the stereotypes about us alive - we're supposed to be the 19th century Wild East capitalists who don't give a damn about welfare, right?)
     
  17. REDY

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    I dont know how winner, but I have associated Bulgaria with Turkish toilet. When my family was visiting Bulgaria we were warned many times that they have different toilets, so maybe its mainly stereothype of older Czech generation, not European though...but still its too controversial, at least because Bulgarian embassy in the Czech Republic is known as sensitive.
     
  18. Ziggy Stardust

    Ziggy Stardust New Englander

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    That image is so 1990's. Our new image is being overrun by Muslims who scare the crap out of us.

    Both are bull though, lots of caravans would be more accurate.
     
  19. Winner

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    Probably the best explanation I heard so far.

    I guess they should change it, West Europeans won't get it.

    On the other hand, what is the most common stereotype about Bulgaria in Western Europe? I doubt most of the people there know where it is...
     
  20. Mise

    Mise isle of lucy

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    We use a single stereotype for all of Eastern Europe. You're too insignificant to deserve individual national stereotypes.
     

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