Monday, December 24, 2012

5 Fucked Up Holiday Traditions From Around the World

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The Netherlands

In the Netherlands, Santa has a slave! He goes by the name of Zwarte Piet and he is Santa's most trusted, unpaid companion. And the Dutch people celebrate him every year by dressing up in blackface. Frequently, they also wear "Afro wigs and gold jewelry." How touching. Although, traditionally, Zwarte Piet was supposed to be somewhat slow-witted, he is now a little smarter and has risen in stature from "slave" to "servant." That's what you call progress.

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Kristin Iversen is the Managing Editor at Brooklyn Magazine and the L Magazine. She has been described as "a hipster buzzword made flesh." This seems pretty accurate.

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