The decorations at the Lethargy Festival created an uproar: the organizers publicly apologized for impersonating the so-called “mammy”. The event had consequences for the line-up as well.
Lethargy party has been taking place on the occasion of street parade in rote fabric for 20 years. This time the decorations caused a stir: according to the Linke POC group, the organizers should have set up a doll to represent a so-called “mummy”.
According to «20 Minutes», the term is a derogatory term for African nannies whose appearance and clothing style conforms to a certain racist stereotype. The term was coined in the colonial days of the United States.
The fact that the dolls were integrated into the decorations was “undeniably discriminatory”, the Linke POC group wrote in a post on Instagram. She also criticizes that although the doll was promptly removed and calls for dialogue, those affected by racism were not taken seriously.
The demand for apology from the public is gaining momentum
The activists publicly demanded an apology. Both the venue, Rote Fabric and the party organizer complied last night. Rote Fabrik’s Instagram account stated that they wanted to offer as an alternative venue a place “where all people, especially those experiencing persecution in wider Swiss society, could feel comfortable and safe.” didn’t really work here,” for which you apologise.
Lethargy Festival spoke on the same platform. «When the festival was founded, a member of a decoration group installed a figure that seemed inappropriate and hurtful. We apologize in every way for this.”
Clearly, the apology didn’t make sense to DeJee Jenny Cara, who should have been playing at the Lethargy party today. The Zurich native announced on Instagram that she had to cancel her appearance “for personal reasons”.