Ingrid Mattiasson Saarinen (V).
In the case of artistic work, I stick to the principle of the length of the hand. A politician should not enter what appears on the stage or at the exhibition. Culture is and will be a free force that is challenging, makes us think new and broaden our vision.
If the Kulturwknd program was a conversation about Horace Engdahl's latest book, The Last Pig, it would be a completely different matter.
The debate about Horace Engdahl in Kulturwknd, however, does not concern artistic work, but the person invited and presented. I knew that Horace Engdahl was invited to Kulturwknd, but he wanted to wait until I saw the presentation of the program. Did you have an impression of what happened, how did Horace react and what he said?
No no. In the program Horace is portrayed as a famous cultural personality, as if nothing had happened. In various debates he is mentioned by the producer Ulf Dahlström as a popular writer, publicist and outstanding literary writer. This is the most provocative thing Horace places on the pedestal. By writing that the guest is a controversial cultural personality, you would still show that you can not share the value of the guest.
I drew similarities to the municipality of ngelholm, which interrupted their cooperation with the person when they made a controversial statement about religion. Is there a significant difference when it comes to a statement about religion or a woman who witnessed rape, violence and sexual harassment during the threat of a ruined career? I think it is a dangerous time in which we live, if, a year after Metoo, we do not protest against those who symbolize the situation and the culture of silence that has been rooted for too long.