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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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91.

Del    

Lols. You Americans, you're so silly.

627 days ago
92.

Fozzie    

Here is a funny you tube video from David Sedaris explaining Black Pete and Sinterklaas. Black Pete isn't a slave he is just a "good friend" (that used to be a slave). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIXscGcdGyk

627 days ago
93.

Chris2005    

So having a black employee as a white guy us racism?!?! ROFL

627 days ago
94.

Prikker    

Like the Miss Holland with the unpronouncable name says... "It's really different"...

You didn't get it TMZ...

627 days ago
95.

Chris2005    

So having a black employee as a white guy is racism?!?! ROFL

627 days ago
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BB not bb    

Black Pete is black because he represents a demon, perhaps baphomet. He is not supposed to be an African. Even if he was, do blacks have to object to having a black Christmas character, or for that matter, do troublemaking whites have to object?

627 days ago
97.

Florence    

Idiot Americans!

A. This is not a Christmas celebration
B. Black Pete's are not portraying Africans
C. The guy in the hat is St. Nicolas, not your fat capitalist, commercial Santa. Christmas is about the baby Jesus, not presenst you ****ing heathens!
D. Then Santa's elves are discriminating little people???
E. The US is way more racist than the Netherlands. We hardly have any racism agains black people at all. Ask any Dutch Black man, or even better (GASP) do your research!!!

****ing morons

627 days ago
98.

Florence    

Idiot Americans!

A. This is not a Christmas celebration
B. Black Pete's are not portraying Africans
C. The guy in the hat is St. Nicolas, not your fat capitalist, commercial Santa. Christmas is about the baby Jesus, not presenst you ****ing heathens!
D. Then Santa's elves are discriminating little people???
E. The US is way more racist than the Netherlands. We hardly have any racism agains black people at all. Ask any Dutch Black man, or even better (GASP) do your research!!!

****ing morons

627 days ago
99.

SiBroe    

Well, I was going to tell you that you need to check your facts. But it seems almost every poster has beaten me to it. So why this entire article has not been deleted yet is beyond me.

627 days ago
100.

Tee    

I wonder if tmz will retract this and correct it.
The guy from tmz that said he "researched" it should be fired.

627 days ago
101.

Ginger    

The reason "blackface" is racial is in the past (19th century), white performers in American theatres would paint their face black to poke fun at black people. It was a performance art back then, but later was viewed as an insult to the black race.

627 days ago
102.

Cozzzel    

LoL!!!! This is NOT Santa claus! This is Saint Nicholas first of all, this is a yearly tradition in some european countries (6th of december) and is for children.. Black Pete is a helper of Saint Nicholas.. That's it really.. Some research indeed before posting please!!!!!!!!!!!!

627 days ago
103.

TMS    

Just because Americans think blackface is racist, doesn't mean the rest of the world does. I see it more as an homage than anything else.

627 days ago
104.

Mike    

This article makes me embarrassed to be an American. Not everything in the world is viewed through the magnifying glass of racism. We are so sensitive in the US that if anything, I mean ANYTHING, could possible be considered racially insensitive it is immediately deemed racist. We really are fools in the 'Merica!

627 days ago
105.

Machteld    

Black Pete is racist, every year there is a growing discussion here in Holland about this racist tradition. And if black Pete is black fron the chimney, why are his lips thick and red? Why is his hair kinky? Why does he speak with an accent? Sinterklaas speaks perfect dutch. Aren't they all from Spain?

627 days ago
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