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Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | 01/08/2009

Media become instrument of Gay Pride

Commenting on the Gay Pride festival that took place in Stockholm on the weekend Göran Skytte points to parallels between the fight for the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transvestites and the so-called '68 Movement: "As always, it was interesting to observe hour after hour and day after day for a whole week the parade of people who in the glare of ample media coverage constantly claimed they were oppressed and persecuted. … Back then as now: the media utterly capitulated. At the time the editorial department were in the hands of left-wing journalists (I was one of them) who saw it as their task to lead a class struggle. … All those who made any attempt to oppose the demands to make Sweden a socialist society were 'fascists', 'bourgeois' and 'reactionaries' and were silenced. Today some of the media are like spokespersons for the homosexual, bisexual and transvestite movement: Anyone who dares to question something is automatically stamped with the label 'homophobic'. I've even heard the term 'hetero-fascist'. I personally am relieved and thankful that this time I can keep my distance from the most politically correct subject of the moment."

Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | 03/08/2008

Devout coverage

The Europride Festival which ended last Saturday in Stockholm prompts the daily Svenska Dagbladet to criticise the increasing social power of the gay movement: "Gay has become an institution, a PR machine, a strong and growing power factor in Swedish ideology production, which is backed by powerful groups. The economy is giving it momentum. The powerful establishment of the Swedish Church eagerly took part in the Pride Parade. ... Normally such a phenomenon would have drawn criticism. But the opposite has been the case: many journalists and important media have devoutly gone down on their knees. The reason for this? Could it be a sense of guilt? Are we trying to atone for the past? I do not think so. Are certain parts of the media becoming more superficial? This is no doubt a factor. Is it down to the typical Swedish yearning to look better and more kind-hearted than everyone else? Yep, there can be no doubt about that."

Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | 23/06/2006

Midsummer in Sweden

Writer Göran Skytte recounts the history of Midsummer – one of the most important public holidays on the Swedish calendar. He points out that nowadays Midsummer has nothing to do with its religious beginnings, the birthday of John the Baptist on June 24, and is no longer celebrated on the longest day of the year either. In 1953, because the longest day could theoretically fall on a Sunday, the Swedish Social Democrats decided that in future Midsummer would be celebrated on the first Saturday following the summer solstice. Years later the five-day working week was introduced and Saturday became a day off anyway, so now midsummer is celebrated on the Friday. "Midsummer is therefore no longer Midsummer. It's just another excuse not to work. Every time Midsummer doesn't coincide with the real Midsummer, I will protest by working that day, just as I always work on May 1."

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