Holland’s Controversial “Black Pete” Tradition – The Daily Show

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Published on December 20, 2019

Anti-racism protests break out in Holland over the character Black Pete, a magical helper for Santa Claus who’s usually portrayed by a white man in blackface. #TheDailyShow

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  • Master Flasher 7 months ago

    Sinterklaas isn’t Santa. if anything Santa is Sinterklaas. Do some research idiots.

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  • Sarah Marie 7 months ago

    Same in Belgium. People get really angry when you point out the racism but I am still waiting for answer on why zwarte pete wears an afro.

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  • Vɪewer 7 months ago

    Reminds me of the confederate flag debate. Many people feel that it’s racist but some claim it’s a part of their heritage and should not be removed.

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  • Priscilla Jimenez 7 months ago

    Blackface is racist if you make it racist. ?‍♀️

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  • Musk It 7 months ago

    A big non issue, if there ever was one.

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  • Ravi 7 months ago

    Okay why cant black people be the black pete in that festival…if there arent that many black people in Holland then just dont do it….traditions or not…that is blackface and it is racist because it is teaching society that black people whoop your ass and are scary….why is not the other way around santa beating childrena and black pete giving children treats and gifts

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  • Salloua Amrani 7 months ago

    You don’t get completely black from going down a chimney (hands, neck and all). Red lips and an afro?? How can anyone defend or deny the obvious racist overtones. I’m from the Netherlands, grew up with this tradition. It’s just distasteful how late we are to raising awareness.

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  • 1 23 7 months ago

    They confused sinterklaas (st. Nicolas) with santa, yes they derive from the same person (saint Nicolas) but it is celebrated seperately. The festivities of sinterklaas do not include raindears and a sled but a horse with which sinterklaas rides over de rooftops. He doesnt go down the chimneys 🙂

    So indeed there is the explenation of dirt of the chimney but others say that they resemble the moors that Saint Nicolas freed

    Also all throughout the Netherlands the festivites are being altered to fit the chimney narrotive with “roetveeg piet”.

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  • ishta192 7 months ago

    I’m from the Netherlands (Holland) and of mixed race. I love your show, but this time you don’t have all your facts correct. The wooping is long gone. 😉 It’s a sensitive subject, but things are changing around ‘Sinterklaas and zwarte Piet’. This year at the official arrival on TV the Saint was accompanied by soot Pieten, as they are supposed to be. People (the adults) should start talking and listening to each other, in stead of cursing and threathening each other and that goes both ways.

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  • Liquid Mark 7 months ago

    Doesn’t Krampus whip kids?

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  • joeuser771 7 months ago

    America has a thing with blackface because of their history and culture but Europe doesn’t. For us blackface isn’t a big deal. Get over it. And most important, stop trying to impose your values on everyone else.

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  • 5%LowBattery 7 months ago

    Why blackface is still part of Dutch holiday tradition| Vox https://youtu.be/jBqoH-qx-os
    Every year around Christmas there’s a video on this, as if they are going to change their tradition.

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  • Eric Paloheimo 7 months ago

    Well many countries celebrate a poor carpenter in his 30s that was nailed to a cross for suggesting everybody to be noce to each other, with a rabbit and hidong chocolate eggs…

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  • 91 Miami 7 months ago

    This is the moment a little girl was pulled out from under the rubble as Russian and Syrian regime air strikes targeted her home in northwestern Syria. 2020 HUMAN Rights Watch ) Happy USA ?irak

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  • Becca.LAGirl 7 months ago

    White people, just fucking stop ? defending your very very racist “traditions” and admit they’re wrong, change them and move on. ? Dig your heels and trust me, future demographics are not in your favor… Hold tight to those superiority and racist views and we shall see what people of color choose to remember when they’re the majority and many of YOU are old, weak and rely on them to be good and kind to you. ??‍♀️ Think about it…?

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  • Noellia S 7 months ago

    ??

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  • Las locuras de Luis Sosa cáustica 7 months ago

    This is very wrong if you aren’t for there. Like guns in America , whales fishing in China or child prostitution in India. Tips don’t go the Netherlands if you don’t like black faces.

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  • Zach Zaslavsky 7 months ago

    Am I the only one that thought it was a Mayor Pete joke?

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  • MourningAvenger 7 months ago

    I LOVE YOU TREVOR NOAH!!!

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  • Las locuras de Luis Sosa cáustica 7 months ago

    Btw Dutch too ?

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