Finally, there’s proof that the stupidity of the far right knows no bounds [IMAGE]

Support us and go ad-free

The far right isn’t always known for the intelligence of its actions. In the UK in 2016, this stupidity stretched to shouting at a tent and believing that children doing yoga at school was a sign of ‘creeping Sharia’.

But the far right in Norway seems to be determined to go a step further to prove this stupidity knows no bounds. They have taken to the internet in outrage. They are livid. Over a picture of a bus. An empty bus. Because they apparently believed the vacant seats were women wearing burqas.

Seriously?

Yes, seriously. Fedrelandet viktigst (or Fatherland First) is the far-right anti-immigration group that posted this image on its Facebook page:

Examples of comments from the 13,000 people in the closed group included:

Get them out of our country – frightening times we are living in

I thought it would be like this in the year 2050, but it is happening NOW.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

Should be banned. You can’t tell who’s underneath. Could be terrorists.

Others called it “terrifying” and “disgusting”.

It gets worse

But it also seems that the group was subject to somewhere between a prank and social experiment. Johan Slåttavik claims he posted the photo “for a joke”, and that he was:

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.

The serious side

It is indeed a “good laugh”. And we are all allowed a little bit of light relief and humour at the expense of the far right. It is also always good to have reminders of quite how stupid they really are.

But the far right is also on the rise across Europe. And so is the violence. In the UK, the murder of MP Jo Cox and the horrific attack near the Finsbury Park mosque have both been linked to the far right. There’s also been a 30% increase in the number of far-right referrals to the government’s Prevent scheme.

So yes, let’s laugh. But let’s also make sure we’re taking action in our communities and on our streets. Because it’s down to all of us to ensure that the rise in the far right is not in our name.

Get Involved!

– Take grassroots action against racism and support the Anti-Fascist Network.

Featured image via Wikimedia

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed