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.

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[2], 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[3] 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."[4] 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."[5]

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.[6]

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[7]
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"[8]
  • 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[9]:
"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"[10]
  • 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[11]
Later that day, an elected Member of Espoo City Council from the Social Democrat Party[12] 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.[13] (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).

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