Last week, media personality and businesswoman, Kim Kardashian, spoke out against Zwarte Piet on Twitter. In the tweet, she links to an article by Al Jazeera entitled “Zwarte Piet: Black Pete is ‘Dutch racism in full display”.
What did she tweet?
This Dutch “tradition” called: “black pete” is disturbing! https://t.co/fF26SP99OT
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 17, 2019
Some of the replies to the tweet included
1. “Zwarte Piet is a wonderful Dutch tradition we and our kids enjoyed while living there for 8 years. It is in no way a disrespectful act. He is the color he is as a nod to the Moors who were the helpers of St Nicholas and were often fire scorched from visiting chimneys.” – @svcltch
2. “I live in the Netherlands and I don’t have anything to do with this tradition. It’s full on racism.” – @xyseeeee
3.”How about a nice cup of shut the fuck up. Mind your own business” – @19dirky66
4. “Another ego talking about a culture she doesn’t know” – @NLSTWLK
5. “As someone who is dutch I can 100% say that you are right. It’s a very huge tradition in our country and when I was young I don’t know how bad it is but now I’m older i see how disturbing it is. Even though a lot of younger people are against it now,the tradition is still going.” – @debsimxo
More celebrities have spoken out as well
Kim Kardashian is not the only celebrity who has spoken out against the long-standing tradition. Last week, The Game and Trey Songz also called out the racism.
Waka Flaka has refused to visit the Netherlands as long as this tradition exists. On his Instagram he posted:
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Netherlands I can’t fucking believe this ?I’m disappointed because the people showed me so much love man I fucking hurt ? #NetherlandBand until y’all apologize and erase this fucking Holiday!!!!! Stop spreading global hate #and separation!!!! repost repost repost ?? please ??? https://www.google.nl/amp/s/www.aljazeera.com/amp/indepth/features/zwarte-piet-black-pete-dutch-racism-full-display-181127153936872.html
The tradition is very polarising in the Netherlands
Zwarte Piet is very polarising in the Netherlands. Many people strongly disagree with the tradition whilst others think it is harmless and a creates lots of fun for the children. Some people are willing to go to great lengths to protect Zwarte Piet, such as the man who threatened to blow himself up to protect the tradition.
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