This cake was apparently made by a black artist to raise awareness about female genital mutilation (FGM). I’m entirely against the practise (I don’t give a damn what reasons you supply, cutting off a ten year old’s clit is not OK) and I really wish people were more aware and educated about it. HOWEVER this is a horrendous piece of garbage that seems to mock the girl’s pain, and reduces the practice to a bizarre minstrel show. The Swedish women in the video have been (rightly) criticized for their response of awkward laughter, instead of vomiting everywhere, which one imagines a sane person would do.
Now as “art” I guess you could argue this piece works. Here I am, discussing it. But I think there is more to art than just presenting an awful thing in the most awful way possible. This is garbage, because it relies purely on shock value. It does not say anything meaning about FGM or make us feel more related to those women who suffer such trauma. It is dehumanizing and maybe I’m just not getting something, but I don’t know why a black artist would do this. It’s just racist.