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Outrage over Far-Right Backlash to German-Indian Teen Playing Infant Jesus During Christmas Festivities

A now-deleted Facebook post said German people were being eradicated like Native Americans, while another activist said the teenager's "foreign" nose was a "slap in the face to friends of tradition".


Updated:November 5, 2019, 12:05 AM IST
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Outrage over Far-Right Backlash to German-Indian Teen Playing Infant Jesus During Christmas Festivities
A picture of German-Indian teenager Benigna Munsi (Image: Facebook/Benigna Munsi)

Berlin: The mayor of Germany's Nuremberg has slammed a far-right party for "openly racist" comments about a German-Indian teenager picked to portray "Christ Child" or an infant Jesus Christ during this year's Christmas festivities, a media report said on Monday.

A member of Alternative for Germany (AfD) attacked the teenager, Benigna Munsi, who will open the city's Christmas market on November 29, the BBC report said. The teen was born in Nuremberg to an Indian father and a German mother.

"You would laugh about it if you didn't know these guys are serious, but you could cry about this level of misanthropy," Mayor Ulrich Maly said in a presser on Sunday. While he said there had been "idiotic comments" about previous Christ Child actors' appearances, this attack had an "openly racist connotation".

A now-deleted Facebook post by an AfD district branch said that German people were being eradicated like Native Americans. "Nuremberg has a new Christ Child. One day, we're going to go the way of the Indians," it read.

Another AFD member meanwhile provoked further criticism for writing online that the teenager's "foreign" nose was a "slap in the face to friends of tradition".

But leader of the state of Bavaria, Markus Soder, said the state would not tolerate the comments, while Bavaria's interior minister Joachim Herrmann said they were witnessing "the malicious grimace of racism".

City authorities unanimously chose Munsi as the Christ Child on October 30, the BBC reported. Every previous actor playing the infant Jesus has been white.

The 17-year-old described herself as "mega-happy" after her selection, while Nuremberg's city council said her "fresh, warm, empathetic and easygoing manner" impressed the jury.

Her key role during her two-year tenure will be to open the city's famous Christmas market on November 29, but she will also tour local towns, schools and retirement homes.​

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