Kärkkäinen: A company that believes racism, anti-Semitism and homophobic views sit well with the Finnish consumer and public

by , under Enrique Tessieri

We have to thank our vigilant contributor Ana María Gutiérrez Sorainen for exposing another underhanded trick by Juha Kärkkäinen to slip through the back door his anti-cultural diversity, anti-Semitic and homophobic views in KauppaSuomi, a advertising newspaper to promote and showcase his company’s products.  

It’s not the first time that Kärkkäinen has showed his racist views. In 2014, an appeals court upheld a Ylivieska-Raahe court ethnic agitation ruling Kärkkäinen for publishing anti-Semitic opinion pieces on Magneettimedia, reported YLE. He has published anti-Semitic writings of Adrian Salbuch, Ted Pike, David Duke and others as well as cartoons that bear a resemblance to the former Nazi tabloid, Der Strümer (1923-45).

A racist passage of the opinion piece that claims that white Finns will soon be overtaken by migrants. Source: KauppaSuomi.

The fact that Kärkkäinen got sentenced for ethnic agitation and continues to publish these types of views raises a questions: Does he believe that by spreading racist views will increase his department store’s sales?

In an opinion piece written in KauppaSuomi headlined, “Schools were turned into political brainwashing centers – who’s to blame?” the publication hits cultural diversity at schools by slamming Nordic values like social equality and labeling asylum seekers as rapist criminals. The opinion piece is homo-, transphobic and anti-Semitic as well.

“The majority of those Finns that are working in pedagogy absorb directly influences from abroad from elementary schools. The most important authority on ‘anti-racism’ in Finnish schools for decades is – already mentioned earlier in the text – the Jew Karmela Liebkind.”

The editor of the publication denied to tabloid Ilatlehti that the writer of the opinion piece, Arvi Pihkala, a pseudonym used by a neo-Nazi belonging to the Kansallinen vastarintaliike and who has defended Kärkkäinen’s anti-Semitic publication before, was an actual person even if there is there is no such name registered in Finland.

Some of the companies that KauppaSuomi claims advertise in their publication.

Shortly after the publishing of KauppaSuomi and Gutiérrez Sorainen’s story in Migrant Tales, Fazer was one of the first companies that got in touch with us about its logo in Kärkkäinen’s publication stating that it was published without their consent. Fiskars denied that it had any information about the content of the publication and admitted that it sold its products.

Lego writes:

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Clothing and textile company Finnlayson pulled its products from Kärkkäinen because of the company’s neo-Nazi and anti-Semitism views.