The far right German AfD party have unveiled an advent calendar celebrating white men who they say are the innocent victims of “rampant discrimination” that now exists in society.
The calendar which includes clips on YouTube with the person that recommended the famous white man and the reasons for doing so is being promoted on Twitter with the hashtag “yes to white men” (#JaZuWeißenMännern).
The initiative by the AfD in the Berlin parliament with one notable white male featured each day in the style of a traditional Advent calendar was widely criticised as inappropriate for the Christmas season. All of the 22 AfD MPs in Berlin are white and only two are female.
In a message unveiling the project, the group said: “The most beautiful time of the year is Christmas and we are celebrating this by introducing a person who significantly had an impact on our Western civilisation. The term white man has become a dirty word for many, but not for us.”
Those features include poet and playwright Berthold Brecht and the Protestant reformist Martin Luther. But non-Germans also get a mention such as Ronald Reagan and former Pope John Paul II.
The AfD party head in Berlin Georg Pazderski said their initiative was to tackle a “campaign of gender which has long gone off the rails.”
He said the party was fed up with hearing about how white men were being stigmatised and obtaining jobs and in their public image which he blamed on the Green party and the left wing in general.