And now: bizarre news. The AD calls for a ‘#Sinterklaasbestand’ (a Sinterklaas truce) The paper has devoted almost its entire front page to the subject. It proposes not to discuss the future of the Sinterklaas festivities… as long as Sinterklaas is in the country. The Algemeen Dagblad (AD) writes: “We plead for a #sinterklaasbestand.” We’re not going to discuss Zwarte Piet… while Sinterklaas is in the country. Signed by people like Mark Rutte, Karin Bloemen, Wilfred Genée… and people who owe their career to ‘De Lama’s’ like Thijl Beckand and Jan Terlouw. They all say: “Let’s not talk about this” Guys, let’s stop this discussion. Somehow you never hear this from someone… who is winning the discussion with very strong arguments So I say: Fuck off with your #sinterklaastruce! #nosinterklaastruce! We are going to talk about it! Tom, put on a record. Come on, Thank you.
Ehh… let’s see Okay, yeah, thanks. Almost ready Are you ready, here we go! Oh man, man, man. Because right now the zwartepiet (Black Pete) discussion is less fun… than a birthday party in Raqqa where you don’t know anyone Just look at the news about Black Pete of this week A group of Frysians blocked the highway to Dokkum Humberto Tan has had protection for the last 1.5 year… because he spoke out against Black Pete. Sylvana Simons had a group of painted crazies at her door Other so called children friends raided a school in Utrecht. En then there were the Black Pete opponents in Dordrecht who… glued the doors of the Sinterklaas house shut Not nice either, but in the end everything worked out… for people climbed out through the chimney There are many opinions about Black Pete, but in brief… there are people who want Black Pete to change… and people who want Black Pete to stay the same Oh, and there is CDA state secretary Mona Keijzer. Who is very excited by it all. So, a boat arrives in Volendam with Sinterklaas… and many, many Black Petes Mmmm! Many, many Black Petes So much black, it’s spilling all over the sides It’s spreading all over the deck, ahhhh… Well, there is not yet a real solution But there is one man who’s making an attempt. This is him. He looks as like Sinterklaas who had to shave for a wedding And what did he come up with? Some time the people who love Black Pete so much… and want to keep him the same, will be extinct. They will die?
– Yes Great idea, yes? Just wait until everyone is dead And in five billion years, when the sun has burned out,…. all live on Earth will perish… and the issue of the dividend tax will also be resolved. Well… But the question remains: Should Black Pete stay black or not? That remains a difficult question. So I always look at my moral beacon Mark Rutte. (Prime minister of NL) What … is his vision in the discussion? Is is a children party. And it should stay that. It is a children’s party. I think that is a great thought of our prime minister. And of ten million other people. Sinterklaas is a children’s party. It’s a children’s party. It’s a children’s partyl. It is not a festival.It’s a children’s party. Children’s party. Hats off! Listen Rutte and everybody else. Whether it’s a children’s party or not doesn’t matter. It’s a children’ party with Black Pete But it is still a children’s party with Soot-face Pete. Even with Rainbow Pete it is still a children’s party It wouldn’t be a children’s party if next year… Sinterklaas is accompanied by Fuck Pete or Nazi Pete. Then it would be more something for mum and dad. Oh, come and see, what I have found in y nickers. Fuck Pete. Stop it! It’s a children’s party. Wer good iz getz zweets, ze jews get caned. Nazi Pete!! Impossible! What a jerk. Apart from the question whether it is a children’s party… I think it is a children’s party. The discussion is about the colour of Pete. Many people see it as a racial stereotype. Others say: Black Pete goes through the chimney and that’s why he is black. Why is he black? Because he arrives through the chimney, black as soot. Black as soot, because of the chimney. Pete got black because he came down through a chimney. If I do that, I become black. Yes….. Black Pete is black because of the chimney. O.K. Yes but what about his clothes? What? They are perfectly clean! There is only one explanation: Pete is on the roof undresses, descends through the chimney stark naked… puts presents in the shoes… …climbs up the chimney and puts his clothes on again? On to the next chimney, undress again. That’s too much hassle! Conclusion: Black Pete is bare naked the whole night. I am beginning to understand Mona Keijzer better. One night….. …Mona Keijzer caught Black Pete at work. Since that time every October she gets in heat. sooooooooo in heat. O.K. So the skin colour is due to soot. But that doesn’t explain everything about Black Pete. How was the journey? – Very cold. Very cold on boat here to Netherland. Long journey. But all Black Petes come. Only Black Petes. O.K. So when Pete comes out of the chimney, he has fizzy hair…. golden earrings, red lips, and a funny accent? So in the chimney there are a hair dresser, a juweler, a make-up artist… …and the worst Surinam language coach ever! And suppose, I totally buy the chimney story. The outcome is still that next to Sinterklaas…. there is someone with his face painted black. Imagine there were an Easter myth… in which someone comes out of an egg…. with a yellow skin and slit eyes who says… I eat lice. You might say: It’s because of the egg yolk. It’s not racist. But that’s no excuse! Perhaps you sa : Arjen, that’s nonsense…. we are talking about Black Pete. He is a tradition. He has always been like that, so he should remain like that. He has always been like that, so he should remain like that. They shouldn’t change our culture. It’s a national celebration and we will keep it that way. A tradition, so it stays. It has been a tradition for so long, it’s too late to complain about it. Yes, they are simply too late with their complaints. Should have mentioned it in 1860. Would have been no problem at all! ‘But we were enslaved at the time’ Well, should have thought of it earlier, eh. O.K. You hear that often: Black Pete is black. It’s the tradition. But Black Pete has changed often enough…. and the Sinterklaas celebration has survived every adaptation. It’s not like it all goes wrong when you change one little part. It’s not the space shuttle. Guys, I removed the heat shield… but I applied a lot of sunblock. ‘Here we go, 10, 9, 8, 7…’ I will not finish this joke… but I can tell, they didn’t make it to the moon. For many people who want to keep Black Pete black… It feels like MORE than a minor adaptation And that is because the accusation is so harsh: racism. Anti-Black Pete banners don’t have texts like: ‘Hey, sorry, but with Black Pete you unconsciously … maintain a racial stereotype…. that bothers some of us in the Netherlands. The message is always: Black Pete is racism. People who want to keep Black Pete don’t like to hear that. The party you thought was innocent is suddenly racist. Nobody likes to hear that. It has nothing to do with discrimination. I don’t see it as racism. I am for Black Pete. I grew up with Black Pete… it has nothing to do with racism. It is true. For YOU Black Pete has nothing to do with racism. But for others he has. If you throw stuff out of the window, it has nothing to do with violence. But when people in the street are hit… then it IS violence…. Even if you didn’t mean anything with it… or thought those people in the street are bloody irritating. Even if it has been your habit since 1850… to clear your house this way. But it looks like this year there is more going on. It is not just a matter of colour or accusations of racism. The Black Pete discussion is now framed as a struggle… between Randstad (Big City) and province. The Randstad wants to change Black Pete… and the province wants wants to keep him black. And when you watch TV you really get that impression. All those white people outside the Randstad… don’t see the problem. They allow it in the Randstad to whine about it. In the North we just don’t do that. It is all drivel of a small select group in the Randstad. And some inner city folks According to these men, a small select group in the Randstad… wants to take Black Pete away from the people And the media impose their lefty opinions on the rest of the country. Johan Derksen, man of the people, lives in the province… is a big fan of Black pete. In his own talk show he complains about the inner circle who constantly complain about Black Pete on television. All those people, that inner circle… who constantly appear in talk shows. Yes! O.K. Whilst people like Johan Derksen and Wlfred Genee… who are for Black Pete, are completely neglected. Bah! All those people, that inner circle… who always appear in talk shows. Did they call you? I was called by Pauw again. Yes, I had to go there this evening. -But you didn’t go?? No, I would be home at 4 a.m. Always fun when people contradict their own point… immediately in the next sentence. In stead of Derksen and Genee, Pauw had Jenny Douwes…. The Frisian heroine who stuck her finger in motor way A7. Thus preventing the anti-Pete demonstration. Perhaps there is a divide between Randstad and province. But should that determine your point of view on Black Pete? I find that a bizarre argument. ‘Well, you are buying a lot of black greasepaint’ “yes, I can’t stand the Randstad. All this shit that has nothing to do with the Black Pete discussion… reached a climax this week in motor way A7. Frisian agitators on the A7 blocked two buses with anti-Pete demonstrators. Blocking a motorway! That’s very dangerous. And also forbidden. So the police came. And they stood there for 45 minutes. 45 minutes! I understand you have to investigate… but if ever there is a situation in which it is obvious…. in one second who started it… it is a road blockade. The perpetrator is always AT THE FRONT! Right, gentlemen, who stopped first? That camper 2 kilometer back, o.k.!! What do you think? The others backed up that way? Apart from the freedom of demonstration:… imagine you were behind those two buses. You have to brake hard. Another car hits you. You have two screaming kids in the back. And the police just stands there for 45 minutes. And when you arrive home you see THIS on TV: Those people blocked the motorway. You can’t do that. So I can’t approve it. On the other hand I understand the emotion about this issue. You think: o.k. some idiot thinks the perpetrators’ emotions… are more important than traffic safety and freedom of demonstration. But this man is not just any idiot,… his name is Raymond Knops… and he is the state secretary of Home Affairs. O.K. Knops has only been around for only a month…. so let’s listen to his boss, Mark Rutte. We know that he is a liberal in heart and soul. He stands firm for freedom of speech. He is a man of Law and Order. And: full speed on the motor way. So all his sacred principles have been violated. He will probably say: I am Mark Rutte, prime minister of all Dutch people. We have a constitutional right of demonstration… And I don’t want people to take the law into their own hands. Right? What I certainly don’t want…. is for children to be confronted with angry demonstrators. So let’s all behave normally. Isn’t it incredible? That’s really terrible. So this is what has become of the Black Pete discussion. People saying that it’s a children’s party. Black Pete is black because of the chimney. And by the way. It’s tradition. Of course. And others say:it’s racism. The former then say:The Randstat is taking our party away. And then there are all those threats… and a road blockade. And the government takes the side of the perpetrators. This discussion has completely gone out of hand. That’s why I am going to do something drastic. It is a tough remedy. Something I haven’t applied before. I am going to reset the Black Pete discussion. We are going to restart from the beginning. Remco, come in. We have had it for seven seasons already. Yes, thanks, o.k. Right. Thanks. All clear? O.K. The role of his lifetime. This is not an exercise. We are going to do it. When I press this button, we start all over again. Nice. Nice. Nice. Is my belt dastened? Yes. Cold. Yes, o.k. Here we go. You didn’t know, did you? Freedom of speech is still on Windows XP. Nobody knows that. Ooooh. Oh, this is so good. You know what it is all about? There is only one consideration to make: do you want to keep an old tradition unchanged.. or do you want to avoid insulting a minority? Everyone should consider that for themselves. Let’s go back to 2009. To Pauw’s talk show. Same Pauw as today… Only there was a Witteman (white man) at his side. That was still possible at the time. There was somebody who tried to make that consideration… even before the Black Pete discussion went out of hand. There was another Frisian Heroine. Look at how the others react. Doutzen, are there moments that you feel embarrassed about being Dutch? Yes, at Sinterklaas. Yes, sorry. Yes I mean it.
-Why? Black Pete is not done nowadays, don’t you think? Oooooh Hahaha. Jan Pronk, what do you think, Black Pete is not done? Yes no problem. But try to explain him to somebody from Jamaica. It is a tradition. A very old tradition. Yes, Doutzen Kroes made herown consideration…. And she is laughed at… by a left-wing politician, two left-wing journalists… a left-wing comedian and the entire VARA audience. But you can see that a lot has changed in the past 8 years. In 2009, almost no one agreed with Doutzen. But 4 years later, in 2013, things started to change. And now, in 2017, more than a quarter of the people… is in favour of changing Black Pete. So people can change their opinions. Personally I love Dutch culture. Rembrandt, Delta works, pancakes, Black Pete, o.k. But even more I adhere to other typical Dutch properties. Like freedom, adaptability, Doutzen Kroes,…. and tolerance. And those I want to keep even more. Sometimes I fear that sticking to the old Dutch Black Pete… will be at the expense of those other old Dutch properties. So I have made my own consideration… I will tell you soon how I see Pete’s future…. Unfortunately, nowadays it is too dangerous to do that here…. in the studio. So I have taken precautions. roof somewhere on an undisclosed location in Antarctica O.K. I think I am safe here, I have considered everything and thought deeply… and I know I am going to make enemies…. but I will say it anyway. As far as I am concerned it should remain a children’s party. With a soot-face Pete. O.K. perhaps a Fuck-Pete for Mona Keizer. But not black. That’s it. See you next season.