“Focus your energy on the real racists”

During Monday’s episode of “Parliament” the comedian sang Claes Malmberg with strong emphasis on the murders in the suburbs to the tunes of a children’s song. The segment received strong criticism and aroused disgust on social media, something like News24 have previously reported on.

The criticism also hailed in on TV4’s own social media and Johan Janrell, executive producer at Parliament, also responded to the strong reactions of viewers:

“We have seen the criticism, and it is no wonder that people react. Parliament is a political satire and addresses current issues by joking about them, in this case the issue of violence,” he wrote to Nyheter24.

Claes Malmberg responds to criticism after Parliament

Claes Malmberg has now himself responded to the criticism in a debate article in Expressen.

The comedian writes that he understands that people are upset about the satire in “Parliament” as he can understand the feeling of exclusion and the stigma of suburbs:

“It is a shame for our society that we let it go so far. I myself have lived in both Biskopsgården and Bergsjön in Gothenburg,” he begins the debate article.

That was his purpose with the song

Malmberg further explains how his purpose was not to offend or injure people living in vulnerable areas or people who fall victim to shootings.

He believes that the purpose behind the segment in “Parliament” was to make satire about criminal networks that torment people. He also apologizes for the fact that the song he performed has been interpreted in a different way.

“The task of satire to make problems visible”

Comedian Claes Malmberg responds to the criticism. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall / TT

At the same time, he writes that he wants to reserve the right to express himself in the form of satire, despite the fact that people may be upset:

“It is the task of satire to highlight problems with the help of humor. In a way, you can say that I have actually managed to focus on racism and segregation, even though the absurd aftermath has been that I have focused on me as a person instead of on societal problems and the criminal networks, “he writes.

Malmberg further expresses that he will continue to take risks as a comedian such as being exposed to new drives in the future, and that society otherwise will be quiet.

Do not want censorship in society

He believes that society can not have censorship, and that the satire he presented in “Parliament” aimed to kick up against criminal networks and not vulnerable people who are oppressed.

Malmberg further debates that the drive that he himself feels has been exposed to on various media risks that debates are silent.

“Focus your energy on the real racists”

However, he admits that he can understand the young people who reacted to the clip that was spread on social media as satire will always be offensive to some people – something he also claims is the meaning.

Furthermore, in his statement, Malmberg writes that the feature is part of his role in “Parliament” where he works as an actor, much like a role in a film, where the person playing the role does not always share the character’s opinions but that he takes it all as a learning.

He concludes the debate article by emphasizing that he thinks that attention should instead be focused on others than himself:

“I may be a white man who weighs too much and who has obviously delivered a bad satire. I apologize for that. But why not direct the energy and fighting spirit against the real racists next time,” according to the debate article in Expressen.


Source: nyheter24.se by nyheter24.se.

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