When I was a kid back in the sixties, before détente took hold, we learned in school about social and political oppression behind the Iron Curtain. East Germany — the DDR — was often cited as an example of how vile the state could be in its enforcement of ideological conformity: children in the DDR were encouraged to snitch on their parents to the communist authorities. If a kid heard his mother or father express counterrevolutionary thoughts, and then turned the parent in to the police for remedial action, the child would receive an award in school and the accolade of his teachers and peers.
Horrible, eh? It’s a good thing the era of such abominations has passed!
Check out this state propaganda from Finland, in which a little girl reports her mother to the “police lion” for expressing politically unacceptable thoughts on Facebook.
KGS, who translated the video for subtitles, sends this summary:
The Finnish Police have taken an active role in monitoring Finnish social media over the past few years. In recent months a number of Finns Party politicians have been fined for so called ‘hate speech’ for posts published on Facebook criticizing Islam and mass migration of Muslims into their country.
This Orwellian media attempt by the Finnish police to highlight what they see as problematic language being disseminated on Finnish social media is more problematic than what they believe they’re addressing.
The child is ratting out her mother to the police for telling off a politician, something she admits she’d rather not do in public to his face. What transpires in the video is so Maoist and Stasi-like it turns the stomach, even without the subtitles.
The lion is the national symbol of Finland, like the bald eagle in the US and Maple Leaf in Canada.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:00||“Poliisileijona” (Police lion)|
|00:07||Alma is sitting on the couch drawing,|
|00:10||when he notices her mom furiously typing on her iPad.|
|00:23||What are you doing, Mom? I’m typing a message to a politician’s Facebook wall.|
|00:28||I’m really going to let him have it!|
|00:32||Why are you typing it there? Why don’t you tell it to him directly?|
|00:36||Mom: Well, these are the kind of things I wouldn’t dare to say to him directly to his face.|
|00:42||Alma doesn’t understand her Mom’s behavior, so she takes action.|
|00:46||[Poliisileijona] Listen, Mom! That was a naughty thing to do.|
|00:54||How would you feel if somebody wrote that about you?|
|00:57||It may even be a criminal offence. It is harassment to berate someone on Facebook,|
|01:01||write nasty messages and spread sensitive pictures|
|01:04||or information about someone you know.|
|01:08||When you put a vile insult on the Internet, you will soon have to have to pay|
|01:12||an enormous amount of compensation. If you put a nasty insult on the net, it will stay there.|
|01:16||And that is hard to fathom.|
|01:20||The choir: Exactly! Exactly! Exactly! I would compare it to getting a tattoo.|
|01:25||Watch out! Watch out! Watch out! Don’t put anything dumb on social media, please!|
|01:30||Exactly! Exactly! Exactly! I would compare it to getting a tattoo.|
|01:35||Watch out! Watch out! Watch out!|
|01:39||Don’t put anything dumb to social media, please!|
|01:42||Police Lion! Police Lion!