A series of videos aimed against the anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV) on a Dutch website have caused quite a stir. One of the videos entitled ‘Freedom’, in which children quote xenophobic and Islamophobic statements made by Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders, has prompted particularly fierce reactions.
Many people have condemned the video as ‘ridiculous’, ‘scandalous’ and ‘disgusting’ on the website of populist newspaper De Telegraaf, although a number of people also expressed agreement. Most of the netizens who posted their reaction on the site of conservative magazine Elsevier also condemned the video. About 90,000 people have watched the Freedom video since it was first posted on YouTube.
The site (Tegenstemwijzer.nl) went live on Wednesday and has already attracted more than 50,000 visitors. Geert Wilders said he “could not find words” to express how he felt about the fact that young children were used to make anti-Freedom Party videos: “The people who made this video and the parents who gave permission for their children appear in it really have a screw loose. It’s simply too disgusting. I really believed we’d seen just about everything in the pogrom against the Freedom Party and our voters, but this filth really takes the biscuit.”