European Union countries are resorting to desperate measures to integrate Middle Eastern and African migrants in their society.
For instance, Norway started offering classes to make refugees understand the country’s customs to prevent sexual assault, while Switzerland handed out pamphlets to incoming migrants ahead of its carnival, to let them know what is deemed acceptable or unacceptable in polite societies.
Meanwhile, Germany distributed etiquette guides depicting cartoons to dissuade lewd behavior in public swimming pools.
And now, an Austrian right-wing politician has taken upon himself to instruct refugees how to handle “their women” through a video tutorial.
Freedom Party’s Armin Sippel sparked a firestorm of controversy after releasing a highly absurd and scandalous video online in which he explains to migrants, with the help of a blonde mannequin and posters in Arabic, that women don’t like being touched by unfamiliar people.
The video, initially uploaded on Facebook, featured Sippel holding on to a mannequin while offering sarcastic advise to refugees on how to conduct themselves around Austrian women or risk expulsion. The video also showed him grabbing the mannequin’s behind and bosom to illustrate his points.
The ridiculous recording was mocked for misspelling the Arabic word for “no” but the party insists their message is still clear.
It was also condemned by Austrians and others who argued sexual assault is an issue in every country and found the clip insensitive to women.
“Armins Sippel of FPO is still too stupid to write 2 Arabic letters correctly,” one Twitter user commented.
Ich hätte gern ein Date mit Armin Sippel. ROFL. Gibt es einen Selten-dämlich-Award? Er würde ihn bekommen, mit am Roserl.— Göttergattengattin (@Sarina_Kraft) June 1, 2016
“I'd like a date with Armin Sippel. ROFL. Is there an award for stupidity?” asked another user.
Armin Sippel hat seine Schauspielkarriere ja schon mit diesem Video begonnen. Inklusive echten Frauen und Schildern. https://t.co/NG9EYl2YFL— Maximilian H Tonsern (@BlackBertl) June 2, 2016
“Armin Sippel has begun his acting career already with this video. Including real women and signs,” yet another person said.
The offensive “public service message” was later taken down from Sippel’s Facebook page after he was subjected to “extremely aggressive personal attacks.”
But Sippel still stands by his decision to create it, stating he “felt it was necessary to address issues surrounding what happened in Cologne and the daily individual cases in Austria.”