Bus seats were mistaken for burqa-clad women by a far-right group.
The Norwegian group “Fatherland first” are a far-right anti-immigration group, although they seemed unable to tell the difference between so-called ‘immigrants’ and a group of bus seats.
The group were mocked after comments underneath the picture that was posted on news website Nettavisen included ‘terrifying’, ‘tragic’ and ‘disgusting’ after members of the right wing group thought they were looking at a picture of several women wearing burqas.
Undoubtedly the picture in question does seem to resemble the outline of the typical covered Muslim dress, but all it takes is a slightly closer inspection to see that it is a trick of the eye.
The readiness of the members to jump to the conclusion that the Norwegian bus was filled with Muslim women highlights the problem with anti-immigration proponents that the ‘problem’ of immigration is often thought to be much worse than it is in reality.
It went viral in Norway after Sindre Beyer, a former Labour party MP who said he has been following Fatherland first for some time, published 23 pages of screenshots of the group’s outraged comments.
The picture was posted to garner the exact reaction that it did by the self confessed ‘Norway’s biggest web troll’ Johan Slåttavik.
He targeted Fatherland first hoping for the reaction that he got, perhaps knowing that average intelligence of a poster on such a short-sighted website would allow to fall for such an obvious joke.
He said of the prank that he wanted to “highlight the difference between legitimate criticism of immigration and blind racism” and that he is “interested to see how people’s perceptions of an image are influenced by how others around them react. I ended up having a good laugh.” he said speaking to Norway’s TV2.
Norway has recently joined several other countries including France who have placed restrictions on the wearing of religious dress, including the burqa in public.
H/T The Guardian