by Oliver JJ Lane
Carnival crews in Austria have been banned from making light of the
European migrant crisis in a code of conduct which prohibits “hurtful
attacks on defenceless people”.
Pre-Lent carnivals, ancient traditions that feature in many central
European civilisations have a long and proud history of poking fun at
politics, politicians and hot social topics. Yet this year the Austrian
Carnival Guild has issued a code of conduct which proscribed jokes,
“mockery and malice”, and sarcasm directed at certain protected
Despite the long standing convention of shows and
traditionally grotesque or absurd costumes poking fun, the new rules
announced earlier this week said gays and lesbians should be strictly
protected from being the target of such barbs, reports Oberösterreichische Nachrichten. Just days later, immigrants were added to the list of protected minorities considered above humour, reported the Kurier.
A statement by the Federal Carnival Guild said this week: “Hurtful
attacks on defenceless people, derision of majorities over minorities,
biting mockery and malice, irony and sarcasm [are misplaced]… Laughing
at others’ expense always leaves a bitter after-taste”.
The chairman of the council added to the statement, saying that
people celebrating should be aware of their actions and words, and that
to joke about others was to “demonise” them.
It may be the case that traditional Carnival characters, fleshed out
to make mockery of the political Zeitgeist of the day including a
political figure, a citizen, a fool, and a virgin presented too rich an
opportunity for budding satirists in the light of migrant sex attacks in recent weeks.
English-language news source TheLocal reports
the change has brought Austria’s carnival in line with those in Germany
and Switzerland, yet a source within the Cologne carnival community —
the largest of its kind in Europe — told Breitbart London this was not the case.
The carnival season is a time where even Europe’s most politically
correct nation could trade jokes at the expense of elites and other out
of reach targets, he said.
Europe’s carnivals, which blend Christian with ancient Pagan folklore
to express an annual expression of tomfoolery before the start of
Lenten austerity are looking to be the next victim of multiculturalism.
Following the Cologne migrant rape attacks at New Year’s Eve, a number
of carnivals have been cancelled in Germany, with local authorities refusing to take responsibility for the safety of their own citizens.
Cologne carnival itself was under threat this week as police sought a
man seen buying bomb making chemicals at a local hardware store.
Security sources suggested if the man was not caught, Carnival itself
could be cancelled due to the security threat.
He later handed himself over to police, claiming the large amounts of
chemicals he had bought were to restore his motorcycle. Criminal
investigation officers are assessing the likelihood of his claim.