I'm the guy on the left. Local TV sticks a microphone in my face saying: "You're a fascist and a rasist, what have you to say in your defence?"
It wasn't so alarming to begin with. On my Swedish blog I wrote about Breivik, much as I do here on Ersatz Moonlight. Then I lost my internship at the local university. I had been blogging during worktime and the content of the blog wasn't PC so they terminated the internship. I was an intern, living on social welfare; then you're not formally employed so I have no civil case to run against the university. I obeyed under protest, left the place and went back to my life with gourmet coocking and Tangerine Dream on the stereo. A new internship will be administred by the local authorities, as they are obliged to do. As for myself I waited a couple of days after the sacking and then wrote about the affaire on my blog.
Case closed. Or so I thought. But MSM thought otherwise. The Swedish national news service TT read my blog and sent out a telegram, relating the Exiting Story of a man who got fired for blogging about Breivik. Then a Norwegian paper saw it and sensed a scoop; the journalist phoned me and, among other things, asked if he could use a picture of me that was posted on the blog. I said "go ahead"; the resulting article was a bit dubious, I was said to be "an admirer of Breivik", but that was not the case. I despise the guy and his murderous deeds. But I had nothing against being named and having my picture posted in Verldens Gang. I've nothing to hide even though I'm a radical and an immigration critic.
Then TV came and rang on my door. I let them interview me. After having talked with the university prefect they made their reporting, aired 17 november on local TV. It's a good piece, quite some drama there with all the music, the camera angles and narration. "Here is the cubicle where he sat blogging"... How can you beat that? But they gave me a bitch-slap by pixelling out my face, they made me look like f-cking Cthulhu! I've been made into a Blob, a hob-gobling from the darkest recesses of space. I resent that. I'm not a number, I'm a free man...!
I mean, I can endure being called a racist and an extremist even though I don't like the ring of those labels. And, on this Swedish website for National TV, I'm called "a threat to democracy". They even speak with a representative of the Security Police asking if they've got something on me. They haven't but they're going to watch me closely from now on, they say. I can even go with that; I'm not advocating action, that should be clear by the tenure of this blog too, Ersatz Moonlight. But, I mean: if the police suspects a guy for being a security threat then they have to check him up. And I'm willing to talk to the police anytime they want. I've got nothing to hide.
I can endure all those enmities. But I dont accept being dehumanized and made to look like a cavedweller, a troglodyte without face or name. I'm Lennart Svensson, open blogger since way back, author with several published books. As for my English activities I've been online with this blog since the summer of 2010. I've had short stories published like this one.
My pay-off to this story is: if MSM wants to name bad boys, wants to have monsters acting as their Ideal Enemies, then they have to let them appear with name and picture and all. Otherwise it gets kind of pointless. They might have had judicial motives for not showing my face on TV but f-ck all that, I'm willing to take on the whole of Swedish media as a radical and a conservative, a Terrible Person and a Threat to Democracy or whatever they're going to call me. They call me that and then I'm willing to do battle on those terms. Bring it on.
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Top pic, me being "anonymously" interviewed by Mittnytt, second pic, this is how I really look.