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Comments posted on the Norwegian ‘Fatherland first’ Facebook group call a photo of empty seats ‘terrifying’. The photo went viral in Norway after Sindre Beyer, a former Labour party MP published 23 pages of screenshots of the group’s outraged comments. He asked, “What happens when a photo of some empty bus seats is posted to a disgusting Facebook group, and nearly everyone thinks they see a bunch of burqas?” in a post shared more than 1,800 times.   The photo was posted “for a joke” by Johan Slåttavik, beneath a question asking the group: “What do people think of this?” Slåttavik said he wanted to “highlight the difference between legitimate criticism of immigration and blind racism”, and 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.”

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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