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Global check in: good morning Australia!

2017 ⋅ English

Enjoyed speaking on Global Check in on Australian national radio to discuss the national controversy surrounding Dutch Christmas character Black Pete. Black Pete (Zwarte Piet) is St Nicholas jolly helper and is played by people who paint their faces black. Most Dutchies are pretty fed up with the ‘Black Pete debate,’ either because they are so tired of explaining why a black faced Christmas character is racist or because they are continuously fighting to keep an old tradition in tact. As you can probably pick up from the show, I strongly believe it’s about time to permanently change the appearance of Black Pete.

Is Holland ready?

Listen to my conversation (with some crazy accent changes haha) with Australian anchor Hamish Macdonald below.