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Norway - Norway’s Public Broadcaster Apologizes For 'Jewish Swine' Cartoon

Published on: August 13, 2019 05:00 PM
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An image from the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK's cartoon featuring the word "Jewish swine" from July 2, 2019. (NRK Satiriks)An image from the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK's cartoon featuring the word "Jewish swine" from July 2, 2019. (NRK Satiriks)

Norway - Norway’s public broadcaster has apologized for airing a cartoon in which a Scrabble player forms the word “Jewish swine.”

NRK initially defended the video, which was pulled offline this month, against allegations of anti-Semitism out of its desire to “defend the freedom of speech,” NRK broadcasting manager Thor Gjermund Eriksen told the Aftenposten daily, but ”occasionally you cross the border and it may happen again.”

Amid an outcry over the July 2 video, NRK’s entertainment director, Charlo Halvorsen, told Aftenpost that “it is not anti-Semitic.” NRK said it was inappropriate some three weeks later.

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In the cartoon, a gray-haired man wearing a yarmulke and dressed conspicuously Jewish is playing Scrabble with a younger man in shorts. The Jewish man is frustrated over how long his opponent is taking to construct a word.

The camera switches to the young man’s point of view to reveal that he has constructed the word “Jewswine” (one word in Norwegian). The young man sighs in frustration as the Jewish player taunts him over his Scrabble skills.

“We are clearly on different cognitive levels,” the Jewish man exclaims.

“In this case we used a word that we later see we should not use,” Halvorsen wrote on July 27. “It subverted our intentions and hurt a group of people unnecessarily. We apologize for that.”

The cartoon was titled “Scrabble” and captioned “tag a Jew” on the Facebook page of the animators that created it, Norske Grønnsaker.



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 Aug 13, 2019 at 05:12 PM Esther Says:

"Occasionally you cross a line and it may happen again." Hmm,l'd like them to cross that line with Muslims and let's see what happens.

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 Aug 13, 2019 at 05:58 PM They should rot Says:

The statement 'In this case we used a word that we later see we should not use" said it all, in my opinion. How in this world, and who in this world did not realize that this crosses the line? The only answer is that they meant it as writted but did not expect jews to notice it.
Remember, this is not the press but a Government agency.

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 Aug 13, 2019 at 06:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Sloppy Steve Bannon's hoof print is all over the Jew hating flowing again in Europa and the Jew hating in America. He's on an alt-nazi tour in Europe now to fire up the 'fine people' there to hate Israel and Jews.

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 Aug 13, 2019 at 06:20 PM anonymous613 Says:

That country is overrun with Muslims. Best of luck. One of the highest incidences of incest as well.

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 Aug 13, 2019 at 06:28 PM AH Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Sloppy Steve Bannon's hoof print is all over the Jew hating flowing again in Europa and the Jew hating in America. He's on an alt-nazi tour in Europe now to fire up the 'fine people' there to hate Israel and Jews.

And every time you comment, you start with two words that spell out the initials SS. We're wise to you and your Nazi dog-whistles.

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 Aug 14, 2019 at 09:18 AM Phineas Says:

Try that with Muslims

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