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Outrage over hand grenade Christmas balls

TT/The Local/dl · 12 Dec 2011, 08:22

Published: 12 Dec 2011 08:22 GMT+01:00

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“Quite simply I think it's distasteful, especially if they are raising money for charity. This is a museum frequented by children and it's hard to explain to them why there are hand grenades in the Christmas trees,” visitor Elinor Lindeborg told Sveriges Television (SVT).

“This is an Army Museum, but should still try to highlight a non-war perspective.”

Lindeborg and others have reacted to the Stockholm-based Army Museum's efforts to raise money for anti-poverty and disaster relief charity Christian Aid by selling Christmas tree orbs that look like hand grenades.

“Support Christian Aid and their work for peace and against poverty by buying our Christmas ornaments which are a subtle reminder of those who are less fortunate than we are during the holiday season,” the museum says on its website in promoting the initiative.

“How in Lord's name can they come up with such an idiotic idea to make Christmas tree balls shaped like hand grenades? Sick! Shameful,” another upset woman told Sveriges Radio programme Ring P1.

Despite the criticism, the museum said it has no plans to pull the hand grenade ornaments.

“I can understand that people react, especially if they has been in a war situations themselves, but we've chosen to focus on seeing that proceeds go to a charitable cause,” the museum's division head Helena Martinsson told the Expressen newspaper.

She added that response has been positive for the most part.

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“Having a decoration like this on the tree can get people to reflect on how good we have it here in Sweden and that there are people who have it much worse,” said Martinsson.

“It could be the topic of an interesting conversation over Christmas.”

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09:34 December 12, 2011 by Cage
I don't see the problem. People buy toy guns for their children and/or let them look at violence on television. This is an ornament made and sold to adults, if people can't explain things like this to their children then they might want to consider moving to a place called fantasyland.
09:58 December 12, 2011 by philster61
Exactly Cage.... I don't see a problem either. Its an ornament .. How is a child going to know the difference? Just another whinge monger..
10:03 December 12, 2011 by DAVID T
They should make land mine Christmas balls as well seeing as they export so many
10:20 December 12, 2011 by Central European
Well .... :)

Crazy west society, we are in situation where some schools, some hospitals and some other public institutions are making Christmas Eve without the the word christmas to do not offend imigrants. You cant make a pictures of your kids celebrating with the friends traditional celebrations to do not offend parents of some kids which keeps they traditions almost obstinately...

We are in situation when to be in army means have an everyday job for 8 hours withou even idea that there is possibility to fight during the weekend, without warm shower and piece of toilet paper.

We are in society where a crest lion on flag of peace corps looks like lioness with lion head couse his .... is cutted off. Next time please make Elsa the lioness directly :)

We live in times where Pipi is a racist andf her father bloody colonialist.

I only hope that museum of army is more or less socially and genrder and balanced ?:)
13:03 December 12, 2011 by Mark737408
"outrage" fckn hell calm down its just plastic
14:22 December 12, 2011 by ulster1690
Some people have nothing better to do than complain!
15:33 December 12, 2011 by avanhooijdonk
I love 'm....

Don't see the problem, there is no law saying you have to buy them is there?

Good to see that (under protest) you can still make up your own mind in Sweden on how you want to decorate your house...
15:46 December 12, 2011 by Svensksmith
I thought it was a pine cone.
16:11 December 12, 2011 by Tanskalainen
I thought it was a golden turd.
16:38 December 12, 2011 by spo10
It's just a decoration. Why are some people so outraged by it? Kids are allowed to play toy guns but it's "outrageous" to have a plastic grenade as a Christmas decor? Shame shame shame.
17:31 December 12, 2011 by Svensksmith
Tans, if you can lay golden turds please come to my house and have some of my special ex lax brownies. Oh, and feel free to use the two-holer out back.
17:53 December 12, 2011 by shard
yes, what is all the fuss about? I bought my son two tall towers and a couple of jets a few years ago, and he had great fun recreating things he had seen on tv.

Some people thought it odd, but we all thought it was most amusing. Kids and their funny little ways, no?
17:59 December 12, 2011 by Scorch
I like them

My mother work for the military. Maybe she'll buy them =)
22:00 December 12, 2011 by Tanskalainen
@Svens I'm sorry, I can not lay golden turds. I produce ice cream and strawberries. However Hillary Clinton............
22:14 December 12, 2011 by Vill
I'm not outraged.
23:33 December 12, 2011 by wxman
I'm so sick of all the whiny offended types who have nothing better to do than insinuate their idiotic thinking into the lives of the rest of us. If you find it in bad taste, don't buy one and STFU.
13:25 December 14, 2011 by nolikegohome
omg what a brilliant idea. How about Ak47 and some bullets to go with it. Alqaida & Taliban kids would love it and they probably would hang a few of these trinkets and treasures on the babies cribe.
07:22 December 15, 2011 by SecondGen
Well, I went to the website to buy some but it says they are out of stock.

Can't be too much outrage if they are sold out!

Personally, I was hoping to buy a few myself :-(
17:11 December 16, 2011 by tadchem
They are very pretty. They look like impressionistic pine cones. Hanging from a tree, I would not identify them as weapons.

The whingers remind me that there are some people in this world who are only happy when they can add to others' misery with their own complaints.

This kind of publicity can only drive up the orders.
16:29 December 17, 2011 by willowsdad
Kids may as well learn when they're young the close relationship between European culture and violence.
04:22 December 20, 2011 by Trenatos
I'm sorry but... What SHOULD an *ARMY MUSEUM* sell? Teddy Bears?

Get real.

To those people thinking it distasteful: Don't buy one! (Pretty simple, isn't it?)


I want to know where I can buy them :D

The military isn't about teddy bears and cotton candy, the military is about being prepared for war (In which hand grenades are used. As opposed to teddy bears.)
09:54 December 20, 2011 by Rick Methven
Ah Christmas, the time of peace and good will towards all men,

but do not forget the fragmentation grenades, they may come in handy if the kids get out of hand
19:46 December 26, 2011 by t64
It may be hard for some adults to explain to children why the Christmas bulbs are shaped like hand grenades but don't worry, the children already know they're not real. For all those concerned, grow up, and see the real, uncensored world.
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