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“Clitoridectomy Cake” (2012), also known as the nigger cake, the Painful Cake or the Swedish racist cake, is a blackface birthday cake created by black Swedish artistMakode Linde. Its cutting in April 2012 by the Swedish minister of culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, went viral across the Internet.
The cake shows a stereotyped naked black woman. The outside is black chocolate, the inside red velvet cake. The head is played by Linde, the artist himself, in blackface: his head sticks up through the table next to the cake. It looks like something straight out of the Jim Crow Museum or Tintin. He cries out in pain every time someone cuts a piece of cake.
The cake was supposed to draw attention to female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa, which affects 140 million people. The culture minister, in fact, in cutting the first piece of cake…
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