A TikTok video designed to raise awareness of sexual abuse in Finland has gone viral and received a lot of attention – but not necessarily for the reasons that they may have anticipated.
A video from the account @sannanopsa, representing the Finnish city of Oulu, was created to raise awareness of child sexual abuse and empowering people to be aware of rape.
The video, in which five representatives do a brief dance to the lyrics, “Stop, don’t touch me there. This is my no-no square,” has been ridiculed online for being a weak attempt to deal with a serious issue.
Twitter user Tiina Wiik shared the video, saying:
“My home town has launched a 2,5 million euro project called Safe Oulu that aims at combating the (migrant) rape crisis. This is where the money goes. Kill me now. At least, be kind and lobotomize me so I won’t have to live with this image in my head.”
My home town has launched a 2,5 million euro project called Safe Oulu that aims at combating the (migrant) rape crisis.
This is where the money goes.
Kill me now.
At least, be kind and lobotomize me so I won't have to live with this image in my head. pic.twitter.com/NuAPAS1UQF
— Tiina Wiik ?? (@SwanOfTuonela) February 28, 2020
Wiik frames the sharing of the video in relation to a steep sudden rise in rape in the country that Finnish police statistics suggest is tied to the recent increase in migrants.
But even with that aside, the video was mocked for the council seriously considering this tactic to be an effective way to prevent rape.
Twitter parody account Titania McGrath shared the video saying:
If this simple technique had been available during World War II, the Soviet Army wouldn’t have been able to commit their acts of mass rape.
LEARN. THIS. NOW. pic.twitter.com/S0N8BCrvMZ
— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) February 29, 2020
While the video certainly did open up a conversation surrounding sexual abuse and the correct (and incorrect ways) to tackle it, the video’s vitality has given the world a glimpse into the Oulu city council, and they’re being roasted heavily for it online.
1 million views for the rape macarena.
Thank you to all who retweet this. When we oppose this nonsense in the city council, we're ignored and silenced, but if this becomes too much of a public embarrassment, they can't ignore it anymore.#Oulu #TurvallinenOulu https://t.co/h48StOhGPP
— Tiina Wiik ?? (@SwanOfTuonela) February 29, 2020
OMG. Who needs a gun? Ladies.
5' 4" 120lds; stops 200lb man in his tracks with the NoNo square dance. https://t.co/KOVUpToAnH
— Rowen (@rowen316) February 29, 2020
Who ever would have thought that saying "No" would stop a rapist? https://t.co/zUL4dGzMTJ
— Joe Dolio (@DolioJ) February 29, 2020
we need to launch a 2.5 million euro( 2,756,950.00 USD) project to keep these people off tik tok https://t.co/kNZX6eTH7K
— Strawberry Narwhal ‽ (@unvarnishedvoid) February 29, 2020