A bad week for the PS and Timo Soini

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By Enrique Tessieri

Three cartoons that appeared in the Finnish and Swedish media this week gave the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party a taste of its own medicine. The Helsinki Lutheran Church’s newspaper, Kirkko ja Kaupunki, published on Wednesday a cartoon where Soini and the PS wished all those who weren’t white, conservative and heterosexual Finns a shitty Christmas.

That was followed by Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter’s cartoon of PS MP Timo Soini dressed as Moomintroll  with a rat’s tail walking to parliament.

But that wasn’t all. On Saturday PS chairman Soini’s nose was widely distributed on social media sites. His nose was used to draw a 1980s cartoon hero, reports MTV3.

The outrage of some PS members of the cartoon that appeared in Kirkko ja Kaupunki shows the hypocrisy of some politicians. They can insult other groups wholesale like immigrants but when they become similar victims they cry foul.

The reaction of some PS members highlights their ignorance of how the media works and what role does free speech play in our society.