The far-left action group, known for its death threats against Sinterklaas, filed a police report against an organisation that promotes themed children’s parties. According to them, children between 2 and 12 years old are exposed to “racist stereotypes” because they dress up for the “Wild West”.
De Grauwe Eeuw says: “Cowboys are responsible for the genocide on America’s native inhabitants.”
A spokesman of TivoliVredenburg said he did not believe that the themed parties were racist. “We are a centre for everybody, but it looks like our society is changing and these sorts of events trigger heavy emotions.”
“In the future we won’t organise events with themes that could lead to polarisation”, he added.
It was meant as an innocent party, urging children not to forget a “mustache and lasso”, wrote the organization of TivoliVredenburg in its promotion in June last year.
Three months later, a report was filed against the pop venue in Utrecht. The extreme-left action group said the “racists” of TivoliVredenburg would “indoctrinate” children, in a press release.
The action group urged the municipality of Utrecht to conduct an investigation and demanded that the subsidy for the pop venue be discontinued.
On Twitter, the discussion took on Zwarte Piet-like proportions. “Another children’s party ruined,” many sighed.
Deputy Prime Minister Hugo de Jonge also intervened in the debate: “Let’s continue to be civil with each other,” he said on Friday after the Council of Ministers. “There have been all sorts of painful episodes in world history, but you can not brush that away by banning a children’s party.”
Migrant activist Anousha Nzume then joined in with accusations against whites because her own show was being threatened with cancellation at the same venue.
Nzume later reported on her Facebook that the management of TivoliVredenburg “Have admitted their ‘terrible mistake’, learned from it and won’t organise festivities like this in the future”.
Nzume, who has a Russian mother and Cameroonian father, wrote the book Hello White People a diatribe against “white privilege”.
One of her main complaints in the book was against two white boys who started a Turkish-style food outlet that was not really strictly traditional. In the Dutch daily Het Parool it was described how these two had lifted the concept of kebab to a “higher level” by serving avocado and chickpeas.
According to Nzume, that was a shame because kebabs have a “cultural heritage”, and therefore does not have to be adapted at all. And certainly not by two white boys. She said: “It is disrespectful to just take over a dish from another culture and to appropriate it. Especially if you have no idea of the original background of a dish and then talk about ‘upgrading’. White people make use of something that is not theirs, without benefiting people from countries where that comes from. And that is not allowed.”