Thursday, March 16, 2006

Dutch immigrants required to watch gay men kissing

Holland is trying something different.

The camera focuses on two gay men kissing in a park. Later, a topless woman emerges from the sea and walks onto a crowded beach. For would-be immigrants to the Netherlands, this film is a test of their readiness to participate in the liberal Dutch culture.

If they can't stomach it, no need to apply.

Despite whether they find the film offensive, applicants must buy a copy and watch it if they hope to pass the Netherlands' new entrance examination.

The test - the first of its kind in the world - became compulsory Wednesday, and was made available at 138 Dutch embassies.

I love this. A while back, I saw comments on a SF Bay Area forum where people have moved into the South Bay near the NASA Ames facility. They were upset that NASA tested jet engines there: the noise was phenomenal. They were trying to get a petition drive to stop it. To my delight, the response was unanimously in favor of NASA, and strongly against people who moved to a place only so that they could change it to their liking (and not so incidently, make many people in the area unemployed).

The video is offensive to many, as others in the article comment. That's fine: parts of liberal society are offensive to many parts of the world. There's no Disney song you could sing that would make everyone ok with everything. Better get this out in the open first.

There's no requirement in Holland that men kiss men, or that women go topless; but there is an strong implicit requirement that you not freak the fuck out when this happens in front of you.

They're making the implicit explicit. Good for them. Now if we can only control our own hysterical religious fanatics, who don't want any poor people to have sex. Ideally, of course, they'd like to stop you and everyone you know from having sex, but they're ok with starting with poor people. It reads better in the papers.

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