Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Vandals of Denmark

Sometimes a headline just catches your eye. Like this one: "Denmark's Little Mermaid vandalised with dildo." According to the article:
Denmark's national symbol, the Little Mermaid sculpture perched on a rock overlooking the Copenhagen port, was splattered with green paint by vandals and adorned with a dildo.

The Little Mermaid, in happier times.

The rock she sits on was scrawled with "8 marts", the date of International Women's Day, but police aren't willing to say it was crazy, feminazi lesbians just yet. I suppose the inclusion of the sex toy makes Muslim fanatics an unlikely group to focus on.

Inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen story, the statue has watched over Copenhagen's port since 1913. Her vigil has been anything but placid, however.
In the past 40 years, she has been decapitated twice, most recently in January 1998 after a 1990 attempt failed. She has had a bra and knickers painted on her, has been entirely covered in paint on more than one occasion, and has had her right arm cut off. In September 2003, attackers tossed the bronze artwork in the water, where police later recovered it...
And I thought Danes were supposed to be hyper-reasonable Scandinavian socialists (you know, the rich kind). Who would have guessed that they're actually the frat boys of northern Europe?

It's not all fun and games, though. In December of 2004, the statue was "draped in a burka and a sash reading 'Turkey in the EU?' by opponents of the Muslim country's entry into the block." Anti-Muslim sentiment in Denmark? Surely you jest! Reinforcing the frat boy image, this particular act of vandalism proves that some Danes don't like to hit the books so much. They should know that you'd never, ever find a woman in a burka in Turkey.

Unless, gasp!, Denmark's anti-Muslim contingent just thinks all Muslims are exactly the same. Where could we ever find more evidence of that?
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