‘Burqas on a bus’ photo sows panic among right-wing loons
A bunch of right-wing, xenophobic Norwegians were made to look like idiots when a picture of an empty bus was posted to their Facebook page, along with the question ‘what do people think about this?’
The Facebook group – Fedrelandet viktigst (roughly translated as ‘Fatherland first’) – reacted with horror to what they saw as a busload of burqas.
Interpreting it as evidence of the “Islamification” of Norway, members sounded off on how “frightening”, “tragic” and “scary” the scene was.
It looks really scary, should be banned. You can never know who is under there. Could be terrorists with weapons.
Get them out of our country, those who look like collapsed umbrellas. Frightening times we are living in.
Yet another said:
I thought it would be like this in the year 2050, but it is happening NOW!!!!
Slattavik said he was curious to see how people would react. He said he was shocked that so many people fell for it, but:
I ended up having a good laugh.
The responses from the closed group went viral after Facebook user Sindre Beyer posted screenshots of people’s incredulous reactions. He wrote in a post that was shared over 1,500 times and elicited widespread mockery of the Fedrelandet viktigst group:
What happens when a photo of some empty bus seats is posted to a disgusting Facebook group and nearly everyone thinks they see a bunch of burkas?
Beyer told Nettavisen that he has been following the group, which has nearly 13,000 members, for some time now.
I’m shocked by how much hate and fake news is spread there. The hatred that was displayed toward some empty bus seats really shows how much prejudices trump wisdom.
That’s why I shared the post so that more people can see what is happening in the dark corners of the web.
The head of the Norwegian Centre Against Racism (Antirasistisk senter), Rune Berglund Steen, said that the irrational response to six empty bus seats just goes to show how quickly people jump to conclusions.
People see what they want to see and what they want to see are dangerous Muslims. In a way it’s an interesting test of how quickly people can find confirmations of their own delusions.
Steen said the photo portrays a scene hardly ever seen in Oslo, no matter how you look at it.
The buses aren’t full of creepy Islamists and neither do they typically have so many empty seats.