Keijo Kaarisade

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Keijo Kaarisade is a Finnish social media figure whose writings are parodies resembling what leftist ideologues create unironically. He has created fake aliases and sent parody opinion pieces disguised as pro-leftist / pro-intersectional to Finnish newspapers and successfully had them published. After he has outed himself as the true author, the newspapers have normally either deleted the articles from their websites or unlisted them in such a way that only the direct link still works. Of course, the paper version cannot be unprinted. His texts are in Finnish, but in this article they've been translated. Despite the fact that Finnish personal pronouns are gender neutral (i.e. there are no separate words for "he" and "she" in Finnish), Keijo still has (as of June 7, 2021) pronouns in his Twitter bio, "tämä/tuo/se", which translate to "this/that/it".

Keijo is a fairly common Finnish male given name, but no such surname as Kaarisade exists. Kaarisade means "Arc rain", while the Finnish word for "rainbow" (sateenkaari) consists of the same words in reverse order and the word sade ("rain") in genitive (sateen). Thus sateenkaari translates literally to rain's arc.

History

Keijo's Twitter account used to be @vihapuhepoliisi ("hate speech police"). That account was suspended in 2019[1] but the author later came back with the account name @keijomedia. In mid-August 2021, Keijo launched a YouTube channel[2][3] and soon after that also announced that he had reached 10,000 followers on Twitter[4].

Example Opinion Pieces

The same on two newspapers

On June 16, 2019 Keijo Kaarisade successfully had his "opinion piece" ending in the following sentence:

"However, feminism should not acquire the Soviet Union as its role model, but instead seek for the best practices from different compass points and justice models."

published in both Helsingin Sanomat and Aamulehti[5], which are both very large and well known mainstream Finnish newspapers. For Helsingin Sanomat he used the alias Elina Kemppi and for Aamulehti the alias was Elina Kemppi-Pirhonen. Kemppi and Pirhonen are both Finnish surnames, but together they form a spoonerism Pimppi-Kerhonen, which would mean "Little Pussy Club". In this text, the initial letters of the five last words (käytäntöjä eri ilmansuunnista ja oikeusmalleista) spell KEIJO.

The publishers of this piece apparently thought that replacing the current western justice system with a non-western one could be a good idea.

Aamulehti deleted this piece from their website after it was revealed to have been written under a fake alias, but Helsingin Sanomat kept it[6] but added the following disclaimer to the beginning of the article: "It became known to the HS [Helsingin Sanomat] editorial board that the author of this opinion piece was not a real person. The same made up article was also published in Aamulehti. The editorial staff apologizes for what happened."[7] On the Aamulehti website, the original link leads to a text with a title "Opinion piece deleted" with the content reading "We have removed the opinion piece because its sender appeared under the wrong name. The article itself was within the bounds of good manners and, for example, did not contain intrinsically erroneous or offensive claims."[8]

July 22, 2021: "Finnishness is a strategic narrative"

On July 22, 2021 Keijo had his piece "Suomalaisuus on strateginen narratiivi" ("Finnishness is a strategic narrative") published in Helsingin Sanomat. He used the alias Sofia Hannonen claiming to be a Master of Science who has majored in Nordic history. In that piece he wrote e.g. (originally in Finnish and without wiki links):

  • "Accusations of colonialism have, up until these days, been easy to dismiss by appealing to the fact that the independent Finland has never been an empire like Britain. In reality, the Finns benefited under Sweden's and Russia's governance, among other things, from infrastructure investments",
  • "In addition, the whiteness of Finns significantly leveled power relations", and
  • "The innovations of colonialist countries, as well as exotic import products, always found their way all the way to the North. Even cabbage rolls are originally from Turkey, from the military expeditions of the Sweden–Finland of the 1700s."

The next day a correction was added on Helsingin Sanomat's website: Correction July 23 at 13:10: It has afterwards become known to the editorial board that this opinion piece was composed under a made up name. The editorial board apologises for the mistake.[9]

About three weeks later, on August 14, 2021, Keijo announced on Twitter that Aamulehti had also published the same piece, well after it was publicly known to be written by Keijo. This time the title was "Millaista tarinaa kerromme itsestämme?" ("What kind of story do we tell about ourselves?").[10] Now, the link to the article on the Aamulehti website leads to a page that says "Opinion piece deleted" followed by "This opinion piece has been deleted. Aamulehti has subsequently learned that the author of the article has appeared under the wrong name."[11][12] The alias used in the Aamulehti version was Sofia Hannonen, just like in Helsingin Sanomat, but the hometown of the supposed author was different in the two publications. For Helsingin Sanomat it was the capital Helsinki, while for Aamulehti it was Huittinen, an inland town in the southwest of Finland.

Example Tweets

"In the name of the recogniser, the recognised person and the Holy Spirit. Amen.", sharing the link to this article reporting about the paternity fraud and the upcoming law change it has inspired[13]
That same article also tells about the attempts at replacing the words mother and father in childbirth situations with synnyttäjä "birther, birth-giver" and tunnustaja "acceptor, confesser, recogniser" in the parenthood act.
"This is what white supremacy and structural racism is. In Europe they inject Pfizer, to Africa they donate 100 million surplus-AstraZenecas. Don't Black Lives Matter and George Floyd mean anything any longer? #dogvaccine #racism #apartheid #BLM"[14]
  • May 31, 2021, with regards to the scandal surrounding Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin's private meals, to which she had used on average 845 € (300 € for breakfasts, which was the amount initially reported) per month of taxpayer money between January 2020 and May 2021[15]:
"In the future, we could avoid needless (money) wasting and corruption scandals by granting ministers a 2000-5000€/month quota for expenses that need not be separately explained. It would reduce stress, motivate to focus on the essential and reduce corruption. #keijosolves #breakfastgate"[16]
  • June 16, 2021, when Juhana Vartiainen (male, from the National Coalition Party ("Kokoomus")) was elected as Mayor of Helsinki and he gave an interview in swimming trunks:
"Why does no one question the credibility of Helsinki's new mayor @filsdeproust [Juhana Vartiainen's Twitter account] as he gives an interview in swimming trunks? #doublestandards #patriarchy
In the name of #feminism and #equality Keijo demands also Marin [Sanna, the female Prime Minister] to be interviewed in a swimsuit. [smiling face with sunglasses emoji] [one-part swimsuit emoji]", sharing a link to this article about the interview[17]
Later that day, an elected Member of Espoo City Council from the Social Democrat Party[18] shared a picture of Marin on the left and of Vartiainen in the swimsuit on the right, with the text being "Gender and politics". Keijo shared that tweet and commented it: "Good try but Keijo is still the fastest in the west at these" followed by a link to Keijo's original tweet translated above.[19] (At the time of these tweets, neither of these people had yet started their jobs as mayors or council members, but the election was just over).
  • August 18, 2021:
"Populists complain that Trump was banned from Twitter but the Taliban are still allowed to tweet "Islamists' propaganda" and "misinformation". Keijo thus taught the Taliban how to avoid getting banned: do not share your thoughts about COVID, vaccines, women's rights, LGBTQ minorities etc."[20]
  • September 25, 2021, after the famous singer-songwriter Chisu had apologised for having a braids haircut the TV show Vain elämää (the Finnish version of The Best Singers), saying that it was cultural appropriation[21]:
"Could the programme Vain elämää simply just be cancelled due to Chisu's hate hair? A mere apology is no longer enough. #culturalappropriation

Cancelling the program or cutting out Chisu's parts would be the least Nelonen and Sanoma Media could do in favour of antiracism."[22]
(Nelonen [Finnish for "Number Four"] is the name of the Finnish TV channel airing the show, and Sanoma Media is the company that owns the channel.)
  • October 22, 2021, after Member of Parliament Sebastian Tynkkynen (from the Finns Party) had asked if any University of the Arts Helsinki student could sign up for two credit course titled About whiteness (texture, not skin tone) (that's the official English name of the course[23], however it would be more accurate to use the word structure instead of texture; Finnish: Valkoisuudesta (rakenteena, ei ihonvärinä)) and deliver the materials to Tynkkynen:
"Keijo appeals to the students of the university of arts course "About whiteness (texture, not skin tone)": do not tell what you are being taught. Science and arts are not designed to withstand open review. Thank you."[24]

See Also

External Links

References

  1. https://www.hs.fi/nyt/art-2000006065927.html Cited June 7, 2021
  2. https://twitter.com/keijomedia/status/1426461339002851329 Cited August 14, 2021
  3. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ts1JDrxy508C4JSyFSuHg/about Cited August 18, 2021
  4. https://twitter.com/keijomedia/status/1426991333659627521 Cited August 18, 2021
  5. https://kaarisade.home.blog/2019/06/17/kuka-muu-muka/ Cited June 8, 2021
  6. https://www.mtvuutiset.fi/artikkeli/helsingin-sanomat-julkaisi-olemattoman-henkilon-mielipidekirjoituksen-pahoittelee-nyt-julkaisua-kavi-ilmi-etta-kyseessa-ei-ole-oikea-ihminen/7453552 Cited June 16, 2021
  7. https://www.hs.fi/mielipide/art-2000006143774.html Cited June 16, 2021
  8. https://www.aamulehti.fi/lukijalta/art-2000007500626.html Cited June 16, 2021
  9. https://twitter.com/keijomedia/status/1418294491451174912 Cited July 27, 2021
  10. https://twitter.com/keijomedia/status/1426559983102091265/photo/1 Cited August 14, 2021
  11. https://www.aamulehti.fi/lukijalta/art-2000008175682.html Cited August 14, 2021
  12. https://twitter.com/keijomedia/status/1426565965635072001/photo/1 Cited August 14, 2021
  13. https://twitter.com/keijomedia/status/1380063689131237378 Cited June 7, 2021
  14. https://twitter.com/keijomedia/status/1397539130444328961 Cited June 8, 2021
  15. https://www.hs.fi/politiikka/art-2000008014210.html Cited June 7, 2021
  16. https://twitter.com/keijomedia/status/1399372370188570628 Cited June 7, 2021
  17. https://twitter.com/keijomedia/status/1405129536870694913 Cited June 17, 2021
  18. https://www.mtvuutiset.fi/vaalitulokset/kuntavaalit2021#!/ehdokas/espoo/helena-marttila-0354/1581 Cited June 17, 2021
  19. https://twitter.com/keijomedia/status/1405267127993438210 Cited June 17, 2021
  20. https://twitter.com/keijomedia/status/1428019826157629443 Cited August 18, 2021
  21. https://www.mtvuutiset.fi/artikkeli/chisu-myonsi-mokanneensa-pahasti-tv-ohjelman-kuvauksissa-valitsisin-kampaukseni-toisin/8244204 Cited September 26, 2021
  22. https://twitter.com/keijomedia/status/1441774796346363905 Cited September 26, 2021
  23. https://opinto-opas.uniarts.fi/en/course/T-XY243/8697 Cited October 23, 2021
  24. https://twitter.com/keijomedia/status/1451555097926848518 Cited October 23, 2021