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Black doll cut from Swedish Disney mash-up

Black doll cut from Swedish Disney mash-up

Published: 14 Dec 2012 16:16 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Dec 2012 16:16 GMT+01:00

SVT said that at least two scenes will be cut from this year's staple diet of Christmas television programming.

One scene features a black doll parading before Santa Claus before stamping herself on the behind with Santa's 'OK' quality stamp. The doll has dreadlocks and oversized red lips, corresponding broadly to stereotypes that many find offensive.

A second now-deleted scene shows a man in a green suit with an oversize nose, white beard, and black hat performing a Cossack dance. That has been cut as it could be perceived as playing on stereotypes of Jews.

“Before the annual broadcast, we found out that Disney had cut out these scenes,” said Stephen Mowbray, the broadcaster's head of programme acquisition.

“They deliver Donald Duck to 40 different countries each year and they've previously said that they want to adapt Donald Duck’s Christmas from 1930 to the 2000s. I accept it and think it’s fine."

Mowbray added that it wasn't SVT's choice to cut the scenes, rather that the material was bought with the scenes already deleted.

Millions of Swedes tune in each Christmas Eve to watch the programme, known in Sweden as Kalle Anka och hans vänner önskar God Jul ('Donald Duck and his friends wish you a Merry Christmas').

The show is broadcast at 3pm on SVT, and has been a regular Christmas feature for Swedish families since it was first shown in 1959.

News that the scenes had been deleted made headlines across the country, prompting a range of reactions from viewers. Some thought the change was long overdue, while others regretted that a cherished Swedish Christmas tradition had been altered.

“I know that Disney is in charge, as it has been for all these years. Donald Duck is almost like a religion for many people and I understand that there will be some who are disappointed,” Arne Weise, who previously hosted SVT's Christmas programming for years, told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“It would have been worse if they’d taken away Ferdinand the Bull,” he added in reference to another popular character from Sweden’s Christmas Eve programme.

One of the deleted scenes begins at 3min 33 into this clip:

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18:32 December 14, 2012 by intrepidfox
Another pathetic censur.
18:51 December 14, 2012 by Ankinette
Almost a religion for many people?? But please......!!
18:54 December 14, 2012 by jostein
Lots more to cut from that movie, snip snip!

Coming to think of it, most of western cultural heritage is racist or insufficiently feminist, why not cut it all? Make a bonfire of all the culture that was produced before our enlightened times! It would also be a kindness to the artists and authors active today, their "work" compares rather unfavourably to the quality of those that came before..
19:03 December 14, 2012 by johan rebel
Oh boy, oh boy, another example of Swedish PC gone mad. The miserable and pathetic nutters who take these decisions have no sense of self-worth, nor of humor.
19:18 December 14, 2012 by jostein
johan, actually, this seems to be american pc gone mad. SvT cut the same scenes and more a few years back but then put them back according to Fria Tider.

Its, like, if you gonna watch old stuff you have to tolerate that the values where different back then. I understand they want to remove the caricatured jew for example but once you start cutting you will have to justify anything you leave in. And thats a slippery slope.
19:49 December 14, 2012 by intrepidfox
Lets cut the white people as well as it might seem racist
20:25 December 14, 2012 by occassional
Lest remove black from the list of colours to end this charade and we'll all sleep better then.
21:48 December 14, 2012 by JoryBraun
No different then last years censor ship of I Want my Mtv on the radio in Canada

the act of removing the doll is far more racist then its creation in the beginning. Whats next, Removing Lando Calrissian from Star Wars? Like it or not this animation was art, and to change some ones vision is a fascist act.
23:14 December 14, 2012 by viking87
That right here might be the stupiest thing I've ever heard of, posted as a headline in a newspaper. OMG!

It's a f&*king cartoon.
23:43 December 14, 2012 by Mbenzi
You have to understand the Americans. They don't like blacks.

You also have to understand SVT and Swedish so called "anti-racists".

They think: "Isn't it enough to BE colored - do you have to be reminded about it too?"

We Swedes are proud anti-racists. Next project is to ban "finska pinnar".

In a previous project, we disguised it with a smoke screen. In order to not abuse our Danish neighbors, we re-named "Copenhagener" or "Danish" into "Wienerbröd".
13:28 December 15, 2012 by Svensksmith
Ahhh, Mbenzi, a lot of Americans ARE black. Maybe you'd better engage your brain before you start commenting.
13:34 December 15, 2012 by sbf325
Hush now baby, baby don't you cry

Mama's gonna check out all your girlfriends for you

Mama won't let anyone dirty get through

Mama's gonna wait up until you get in

Mama will always find out where you've been

Mama's gonna keep baby healthy and clean

Ooh, babe... you'll always be a baby to me
22:02 December 15, 2012 by Emerentia
@ Mbenzi Wienerbröd is called Wienerbrød in Danish too.
08:47 December 16, 2012 by rise
"Racism" this, "racism" that. Who even cares any longer? I am a racist - to hell with me. You are a racist - to hell with you.

Anti-racists hates their own color. Such a bunch of racists they are.

Are you a serial killer? No problems whatsoever - for as long as your killings didn't have "racist" motives!
14:40 December 16, 2012 by Hisingen
How long before Saint Nicholas - or Santa - is also censored because he might offend non-Christians. Why not do away with Christmas altogether?

This charade will never end since someone, somewhere, somehow will/could be offended.

It is getting way beyond a joke nowadays.
16:54 December 16, 2012 by Freedaysaregooddays
Does the word hypocrisy ring a bell with anybody here?

I wonder if any of the politically correct among us have realized that all of Hollywood's most vile and evil criminal characters in film and TV are always WHITE?

That's right - we can't have a black faced dolls in a Santa cartoon, but we can sure as hell make all the sickest and cruel TV and film criminals WHITE!

And this is not racist?!?!?!

Jaime Fox recently joked on Saturday Night Live, that in his new film he gets to "kill all the white people". I believe this episode will go to air on Swedish TV next weekend?

You know what they say is anti-racist is code for anti-white. It sounds like a stupid mantra. But it is becoming pretty damn hard to disagree with it!
14:42 December 17, 2012 by Tom Billesley
A dancing Cossack perceived as a Jewish stereotype? What education have these censors received? The Cossacks were regarded by the Jews of the Russian Pale as the state instruments of pogroms.
00:34 December 20, 2012 by Dmactds
I happened to stumble across this article whilst looking at some other stuff....; I am SO glad the majority of folks responding in this comment section are fed up with the PC crap, many here in the US of A are as well....., keep up the good work!!!
12:27 December 20, 2012 by djkroo
Sweden! Your pants will soon have two giant holes on your knees for you stand far too long on those knees, bending your back down, taking any straw beating from those cultures. Stand up. Clean up.
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