Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Accusations of racism over European Union 'propaganda' film showing white woman facing ethnic minority 'attackers'


According to the Daily Mail it was a campaign video of the EU designed to promote Europe in positive light and as a force for world peace. But it seems the makers of this advert, which is entitled 'Growing Together', may have misunderstood the instructions.

They are facing accusations from viewers that the clip is racist, sexist and imperialistic - and all in under two minutes.

The advert, designed to encourage new countries to join the EU, features an attractive white woman dressed in a bright yellow jumpsuit representing a peaceful Europe.

Remarkably she manages to multiply herself, all the while remaining still, before forming a circle around the men with her arms outstretched. They then put away their weapons and sit on the floor.

The advert, which has so far been viewed more than 3,700 times, ends with the message: 'The more we are, the stronger we are' as it invites more countries to join.

Many viewers have been outraged by the Hollywood inspired film, with some even questioning whether the clip is genuine. Some say its'racist and sexist while others say it's a waste of money. One viewer described it as 'arrogant, distasteful and supremacist'.

Is it racist? Yes, of course. Non-whites are being portrayed as aggressors who need to be calmed down by a white European. But the black capoeirista is interesting. Does he represents Brazil, the entire continent Africa, or just black people in general? Whatever the meaning, the hidden message is loud and clear.

Update

The EU has released a statement.

Statement on the recent video clip released by DG EnlargementStatement on the recent video clip released by DG Enlargement

06/03/2012 We have received a lot of feedback on our latest video clip, including from people concerned about the message it was sending. It was a viral clip targeting, through social networks and new media, a young audience (16-24) who understand the plots and themes of martial arts films and video games. The reactions of these target audiences to the clip have in fact been positive, as had those of the focus groups on whom the concept had been tested. The clip featured typical characters for the martial arts genre: kung fu, capoeira and kalaripayattu masters; it started with demonstration of their skills and ended with all characters showing their mutual respect, concluding in a position of peace and harmony. The genre was chosen to attract young people and to raise their curiosity on an important EU policy. The clip was absolutely not intended to be racist and we obviously regret that it has been perceived in this way. We apologise to anyone who may have felt offended. Given these controversies, we have decided to stop the campaign immediately and to withdraw the video. Stefano Sannino, Director General of DG Enlargement

8 comments:

  1. The only thing that bothered me was at the end the more we are the stronger we are. Think how white people would take it if it was the other ay around and the woman there was a black or arab woman and there was the title the more we are the stronger we are

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  2. Very nasty video that completely rewrites history by switching aggressors and victims (in shamelessly European fashion), but "slips" like this reveal the racial paranoia and insecurity of Europeans.

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  3. The video is just a symptom of a larger problem. The project went through I don't know how many levels of EU bureaucracy and *no one* was forward thinking or enlightened enough to say,"Errr, hold up a second." To me, this speaks volumes about a lack of diversity training and sensitivity in the org...which is frightening seeing as if it's basically the Continent's (or at least Western and Central Europe's) governing body.

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  4. This is Europe vs the new up and coming economic powers: Brazil, China and India. Including a Russian Cossack would have been diplomatically difficult.

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  5. It is indeed a very weird campaign video. I can't understand at all the concept behind this. I just don't get how someone thought it could send a positive message.

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  6. Rash and Ano, Rash I agree that it's strange that no one saw any harm in this. Indeed, lack of diversity.

    Ano, I also thought this was about economic powers, but at the end of the video it's clear it has to do with peace and stability.

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  7. Holy shit!

    It seems that after succesfully subjugating Libya with mercenaries and unofficial foreign legions (aka NATO support), getting away with ethnic cleansing, the ideology of Righteous Colonialism is growing "older" and bolder again.

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