Not content to kick off her week-long stint manning Sweden's twitter feed with Hitler jokes, Sonja Abrahamsson, the 27-year-old mother of two currently running the feed, decided to try a new line inquiry:
Whats the fuzz with jews. You can't even see if a person is a jew, unless you see their penises, and even if you do, you can't be sure!?— @sweden / Sonja (@sweden) June 12, 2012
In nazi German they even had to sew stars on their sleeves. If they didn't, they could never now who was a jew and who was not a jew.— @sweden / Sonja (@sweden) June 12, 2012
Once I asked a co-worker what a jew is. He was "part jew", whatever that means. He's like "uuuuh… jews are.. uh.. well educated..?"— @sweden / Sonja (@sweden) June 12, 2012
Where I come from there is no jews. I guess its a religion. But why were the nazis talking about races? Was it a blood-thing (for them)?— @sweden / Sonja (@sweden) June 12, 2012
Im sorry if some of you find the question offensive. Thats was not my purpose. I just don't get why some people hates jews so much.— @sweden / Sonja (@sweden) June 12, 2012
So, we're still not sure if Sonja is a just confused young woman with no personal filter or an epic troll playing a game with the whole United Nations, but she's certainly giving people a side of Sweden they don't normally see. Judging by the rest of jokes made during her stint, she's clearly going for that "quirky" sense of humor, but they somehow keep getting lost in the translation.
Much like Henry Blodget's recent foray into the world of Jewish studies on Business Insider, Sonja got a few people trying to thoughtfully educate her about the Jewish people, but has mostly been met with puzzlenet and head shaking. Maybe they can have a Tweet-up to discuss it in person?
The only question now is how long will the Swedish tourism board all her to keep it up. The website for Curators of Sweden which runs the feed does include this disclaimer that they "do not endorse any Curator Submission or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein" and can remove them at any time, but that doesn't mean they'll do it to the Twitter feed. Though we're not sure if meshes with the stated message that "Sweden stands for certain values — being progressive, democratic, creative.” Not quite so progressive so far, but definitely creative.
I thought it was a good idea to ask the question when so many well educated people all over the world can answer. But no. Bad idea.— @sweden / Sonja (@sweden) June 12, 2012
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