Hero of the week: Soprano stands out against racist partymain
The operatic soprano Malena Ernman has boldly shed professional neutrality and launched a stinging attack on the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrat party, which she calls neo-fascist.
Malena, who is about to sing Handel’s Xerxes, says that she saw while living in Switzerland how racism and Islamophobia has become the norm in many countries across Europe. ‘I feel very strongly that enough is enough,’ she said. ‘I think we all need to help each other and not just think about ourselves, understand that the whole world belong together. We, the rich part of the world, need to think about and start sharing with others.’
Attacks by the Sweden Democrats as a Leftist-extremist, she replies ‘I am a Royal Court singer.’
How Left is that?
Here she is singing last night on Swedish TV.
UPDATE: She also lays into UKIP, here.