Copenhagen gets its littel wakeup call this morning with this:
The Little Mermaid statue in Denmark’s capital was found draped in a Muslim dress and head scarf Sunday morning. Police removed the clothing after a telephone caller reported it, spokesman Jorgen Thomsen said. The statue sculpted in tribute to author Hans Christian Andersen draws about 1 million visitors a year and is targeted occasionally by vandals. On Tuesday, the statue’s face, left arm and lap were found doused with red paint.
In 2004, someone put a burqa, the head-to-toe Islamic robe, on the statue, along with a sign questioning Turkey’s bid to join the European Union.
Of course there’s a take that this wasn’t done by the Muslims in Denmark:
Pranking the Little Mermaid is a national sport over there, and this is one of the most benign pranks I’ve ever seen. In the past, when people have been trying to create a stir, it’s mostly been decapitations and other acts of vandalism (paint being very popular), so dressing her up in a burqah hardly even registers on my outrage scale, and I don’t honestly see why a fundamentalist Islamist would resort to anything as harmless as simply draping a piece of cloth over her if he were out to make a statement.
In my opinion, and knowing quite a bit about how the good people of my native stomping grounds think, it’s much more likely to be a peaceful protest against the Islamification of Denmark, made by local patriots. What better way of saying “beware of where we’re headed” than dressing up a national symbol in traditional muslim garb? It’s guaranteed to make the news, and it’s a quite effective message too.