Johan Slattavik was bored one day when he decided to play a prank on Fatherland First, an anti-immigrant group in Norway. So he posted the above photo, with a simple question: “What do people think of this?” More than 100 comments quickly poured in. “It looks really scary, should be banned. You can never know who is under there. Could be terrorists with weapons,” one user wrote. Others described it as “frightening” and “tragic.”
For many members of the group, which is called “Fedrelandet viktigst” or “Fatherland first,” the image encapsulated the problems Norway was facing after an influx of Muslim immigrants in the past few years.
Except, of course, take a second look: Those aren’t women in burqas. They’re bus seats.
Writing in Norwegian, one commented: “Not possible to see if they are men or women – if they have piles of stolen goods under the bed sheets – or at worst weapons and bombs.”
One user wrote: “Get them out of our country… Frightening times we are living in.”