Tag: Netherlands

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Entertainment

Miley Cyrus smokes a joint and twerks at MTV EMAs

Miley Cyrus, left, and a dancer perform at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) by Toby SterlingAssociated Press Writer AMSTERDAM (AP) — She couldn’t resist. Singer Miley Cyrus smoked a joint on stage and twerked with a dwarf during the MTV EMAs on Sunday. The 20-year old pop star also took home the Best Video award for her hit song “Wrecking Ball” during a show with a strong lineup of other performers including Eminem and Katy Perry. Cyrus opened the space-themed show singing the song “We Can’t Stop,” while wearing a silver spandex suit and gyrating her buttocks in the move known as twerking in the general direction of her smaller female dance partner.

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International

Dutch push back against “Black Pete” criticism

In this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo a child dressed as “Zwarte Piet” or “Black Pete”, right, watches a parade after St. Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, arrived by boat in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (AP Photo/ Margriet Faber, File) by Toby SterlingAssociated Press Writer AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Facebook page seeking to preserve the “Black Pete” clowns in blackface who accompany St. Nicholas to the Netherlands during the holidays has become the fastest-growing Dutch-language page ever, receiving 1 million “likes” in a single day. The mushrooming popularity of the “Pete-ition” page reflects the depth of emotional attachment most Dutch people — 90 percent of whom have European ancestry — feel to a figure that helped launch the tradition of Santa Claus.

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International

Opponents of Dutch ‘Black Pete’ speak out

Zwarte Piet or ‘Black Pete’ as he is known, helps St Nicholas or Sinterklaas. Children are told Zwarte Piet got his face black from delivering presents. (AP Photo) by Toby SterlingAssociated Press Writer AMSTERDAM (AP) — The “Black Peter” tradition in the Netherlands is under fire from opponents who believe the figure is a racist caricature and who asked Amsterdam officials Thursday to revoke the permit for a popular children’s festival because of it.