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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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indignation    

Santa Claus is a creation of Coca Cola based on Sinterklaas. Only Coke made a version of a fat f**k drinking to muck Coke sliding down a chimney.
Sinterklaas has his white helpers who are black from the soot.Sinterklaas even has some Turkish history.
Do some research ingnoranus , before posting nonsens.

618 days ago
122.

Pants    

Fun fact: Sinterklaas is NOT the Dutch Santa Claus: Santa Claus is the US Sinterklaas.. but you all did know that right?

618 days ago
123.

Maarten    

Well..

Congratulations on reaching a new low in the field of journalism! Accusing an entire country of racism without even taking the effort to do proper research into the matter... On what basis do you hire journalists at TMZ?

Btw; did anyone mention that your Santa Claus (which has no spiritual meaning but is used as a commercial tool) derives from the Dutch "SinterKlaas"? You linked it to christmas due to a lack of culture, not the Dutch. And they still don't btw.

618 days ago
124.

Maarten    

Well..

Congratulations on reaching a new low in the field of journalism! Accusing an entire country of racism without even taking the effort to do proper research into the matter... On what basis do you hire journalists at TMZ?

Btw; did anyone mention that your Santa Claus (which has no spiritual meaning but is used as a commercial tool) derives from the Dutch "SinterKlaas"? You linked it to christmas due to a lack of culture, not the Dutch. And they still don't btw.

618 days ago
125.

bikinigek    

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Q-iU_UubCWY
this is our santa in real

618 days ago
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bikinigek    

When the dutch arrived in the new world the people saw sinterklaas and make a copy from him. Your santa... Zwarte piet zou tmz in zijn zak moetten stoppen en de roe geven

618 days ago
127.

Theo Buijtenhek    

Hey, you twaddlers!
You have heard the bell ringing, but you don"t know where the clapper hangs!
Our "Sinterklaas" feast is not a Christmas celebration. Your Santa Claus celebration with Christmas is a derivative of our "Sinterklaas "feast!
Our Sinterklaas...read: Saint Nicolaas is born on December 6th and we celebrate it on the 5th.
Originally it is a feast for orphaned children.
Our "Zwarte Pieten "are black because of the
soot! But they could have been Moorish!?
You go and find your answers on the wikipedia!

618 days ago
128.

Jon Kiji    

Being Dutch myself, it pains me to see the poor resource this article has had (as it is not just not accurate but just plain false). But the general comments I read here are not something to be happy about either. A lot of (presumably) Dutch people are generalizing by saying Americans are ignorant, while there's probably just one editor to blame who happens to be an American.

618 days ago
129.

Jon Kiji    

In all fairness, the whole soot story about zwarte Piet is false, it's something made up to sound more political correct. Zwarte Piet was indeed a helper with a dark skin. The story does not state it was a slave though. These days zwarte Piet is there because it's cultural inheritance, tradition if you may. Almost no Dutch person sees zwarte Piet as something racist, not even the black people here. I guess racism is still quite a sensitive topic in the US?

618 days ago
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wessel lubbers    

before you say something over a tradition with is not yours you should look in to it.because sinterklaas has nothing to do with Xmas,it is a childerensfest.zwarte piet(black Pete)is black because he climbs in chimneys to bring gifts and sweets.a angry dutchman

618 days ago
131.

rotterdammer    

"Black Pete" used to have gold jewelry, Afro hair and big red lips. But the Dutch are 'trying' to change their appearance over the years and now even claim they got a fro cause of the chimney? YEAH RIGHT.... bunch of racist douchebags! How can they even deny this? It's a FACT that the Netherlands had slaves and colonies all over the world....

618 days ago
132.

Niels    

I find it disturbing that any professional media outlet, even if it is entertainment news makes such a groundless statement. One that is clearly poorly looked into (or not even researched at all). Media setting things on the public agenda for discussion is never a bad thing, it should be encouraged. But if you are going to do this at least do your research properly. The media are in a position of power and that gives them some responsibility. There are going to be people who perceive this as the truth about a country they very likely now nothing about. Things like this just damages the objectivity and trustworthiness of media. This is not news or is it an attempt at bringing a societal matter to light. This is just being as provocative as possible and kicking shins to get ratings in a very cheap way.

618 days ago
133.

Sinterklaas(De enige echte)    

my ballz are itching can anyone scratch them

618 days ago
134.

Sinterklaas(De enige echte)    

aaaah thats better phew

618 days ago
135.

Sinterklaas(De enige echte)    

WTF where did my nig*er go he didnt finish weeding my garden he get asswipped when he gets back

618 days ago
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