AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch representative at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest has taken to Facebook to criticise her nation for celebrating the event called “Black Pete”.
In the Netherlands, Black Pete is supposed to be Santa Clause’s slave and it marks the day white people paint themselves in black. The character must speak poor Dutch with a stupid accent, and must act childlike and mischievous when performing. From mid November the character is seen all over television.
Anouk believes celebrating Black Pete is extremely racist and degrading to people of black color. On her Facebook page she wrote, “Dutch people we are making fools of ourselves. And not even one township wants to make a change. Shame On You! #BlackPeteNeedsToGo”.