One thing that Europe is famous for is its history. Unfortunately, it has done more harm than good so far. Nevertheless, both politicians and businesses in Europe have been working, and are still working, on its integration which is wonderful… until the Czech presidency came together with its project called Entropa.
The purpose of the project is to depict Member States by using common stereotypes and prejudices in order to demolish these stereotypes and prejudices. The idea is not bad. We should be able to make fun of ourselves in combination with self-respect in order to prosper. In other words, we should be able to use our disadvantages as advantages instead of not talking about them at all just like Americans make fun of their disadvantages in The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad.
However, Entropa turned out to be a failure – one that could have been avoided. Some of the 27 artists involved in it could have come up with better ideas in depicting their countries. One of the stupidest ideas is depicting Bulgaria as a Turkish toilet.
It’s no secret that Bulgarians hate their government and the way things are going in their country. These days’ protests in front of the Bulgarian Parliament show it. With the Turkish toilet Elena Jelebova has gone too far though. I don’t think that one who hates their country so much has enough of a self-respect. Depicting the way corruption looks or rich people at one side and poor people and the middle class at the other side, for example, would be much, much more effective stereotypes and prejudices. The Turkish toilet depiction is by far the stupidest “stereotype” or “prejudice” about Bulgaria I have ever seen, heard or read about.
Another stupid cartoon was the one about Netherlands – the entire country is under water except for its minarets. Prejudice??? Stereotype??? Dick Jansen, wake up! What kind of a Dutch are you? When I think of the Netherlands the first things that come to my mind are drugs and prostitution in Amsterdam.
Not to mention Germany – automotive industry and motorways in the form of a swastika. Well done, Helmut Bauer!!!
And what a stupid response by Jan Vytopil who is in charge of cultural events during the six-month presidency:
“It is quite the opposite, in fact, and is aimed at showing that the traditional image of many member states is simply not true.”
Yeah, right! People in France don’t go on strike. That’s simply not true, right?!