Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Muslims in Sweden

The phrase “backhand bitchslap” is not one that is broadcast regularly on Sweden’s well-mannered state-owned television channel SVT. So when the perfectly coiffed male host of a morning television programme rose from his sofa, informed the audience he was about to introduce them to this bizarre English-language phrase and then strode across the studio to be voluntarily backhand bitchslapped by a young, hijab-wearing Muslim woman, it was a strong indication that this peaceable and conservative Nordic nation was in something of a tumult.
The rest of the story is here. It’s from the Financial Times, part of a series on television round the world.

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