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Dutch Santa

Dark Side of

Christmas Traditions

12/10/2012 4:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Santa Claus don't need no elves ... not in the Netherlands, where they believe his helper is a guy named "Black Pete," and people dress up like him by wearing black face. Merry racism, everyone!

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61.

dutch!    

A centuries old tradition that has nothing to do with racism! Your mind goes straight to racism since that is the way your pitiful mind works.. Grow up and do some research!

591 days ago
62.

AMIE    

It is a Dutch tradition. Not like the American tradition of making black people slaves and where real racism reigns supreme still. So calm down. The Dutch are sincere and are a lot better off as a country than the good ole USA.

591 days ago
63.

lisa    

Hahah! Maybe you should do some research before posting something like that, 'cause it isn't about Santa Claus at all!!!! It's about Sinterklaas!!! And the Pete's are black is because they jump into chimney's of houses to give the kids some presents, and that makes them dirty. So don't call us racists!

591 days ago
64.

dana    

TMZ, the worst racist race baiters ever!

591 days ago
65.

eline    

this is the belgium one and nothing racist

591 days ago
66.

PEG    

Black Pete is black because he helps brings gifts to kids down the chimney, that is just the ashes and soot that makes him look like that. Merry racist thoughts to TMZ. Do some research before you accuse and put it in print. Better yet fire the person who put that on there for their racist accusation!

591 days ago
67.

Anita    

Idiots. Do some research before you post things or copy/paste things off the internet before you post it. Sinterklaas has NOTHING to do with Christmas apart from the fact that Father Christmas is based on him. The Black Petes are black because they go down the chimney so much.

This happens EVERY YEAR and EVERY YEAR you lot are making it seems like we're a bunch of bigots. We're not. Gay Marriage is legal here and gays are accepted, unlike your country... you're slowly coming out of the dark ages.

591 days ago
68.

stacy    

Very disappointed in you tmz! please read the facts before you trash a tradition like this that has absolutely nothing to do with racism!

591 days ago
69.

Quinten    

sorry but im black and dutch and its not racism.. Its just a dutch holiday tradition wich is very normal here in Holland, w/ all the people who live here! So what you are saying @TMZ is just wrong

591 days ago
70.

Toy    

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyVZpykHPS0

591 days ago
71.

Kees Brakshoofden    

You Americans are so incredibly stupid! This has nothing to do with racism. Check before you publish, you morons! It doesn't even have anything to do with Christmas.

591 days ago
72.

DutchCheese    

Dear TMZ,

It's not very nice to accuse people of being racist if you don't even know what you're talking about.

I'm Dutch, so I know what I'm talking about...The Dutch 'Sinterklaas' has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas. This holiday ends on 5 December. We, like you, celebrate Christmas on 25 and 26 December. The Santaclaus that you know in America also appears here and is called 'kerstman', literally 'christmasman'. Also, the 'zwarte pieten', or 'black petes' that cause you to call us racist are not Africans. The story for the kids here is that Sinterklaas comes from Spain. He and the Zwarte Pieten come to Holland every year to bring presents to the children. The children place there shoes at the fireplace. Zwarte Piet will come down the chimney (which is why they are black) to put gifts in the childrens' shoes.

Please do not call anyone racist again when you haven't done proper research.

591 days ago
73.

Frank    

Check the facts please! "Black pete" is actual not a colered person, he is white! He becomes black because he climbs thru the chimney and gets covered by fire ashes... This is the real story...

591 days ago
74.

Areo    

Fire those newreporters/editors!

Netherlands had "Sinterklaas" before Santa Claus first appeared, Santa Claus was presumably part as Coca-Cola advertising, Later it because the symbol for Christmas since he gave away presents just like "Sinterklaas", The Netherlands and every other country later took Santa Claus over, So in the Netherlands they both appear!

And Black Pete is black because he climbs down the Chimney!

DO YOUR DAMN RESEARCH!

591 days ago
75.

Chris    

Dear America,

UK here! You've f*cked up again! Do us all a favour and stop talking.

I'd much rather be in the Netherlands with their beautiful women than have to endure talking to this mug narrating the story!

591 days ago
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