A CHRISTMAS greeting card from Vox Cádiz has received heavy criticism for featuring the infamous Three Kings, but replacing Baltazar with a ‘white man’.
Announcing the release of its festive greeting, Juan Carlos Sanz Martín, President of the party, stated: “From the Vox Executive Committee, we want to thank you for your effort and dedication to this great project of which we are part, and wish you a Merry Christmas and a heartfelt prosperous year 2020.”
The card then immediately came under fire by users on social media after they soon spotted that Baltazar was missing. Many claimed the party were being racist, alluding to Baltazar, who is often represented as the King of Arabia, had been deportation from Spain.
One user named Nightshadow said: “Baltasar was traditionaly represented as a black man, Vox shows him as white. And then they say they aren’t racist and xenophobic.”
Another user asked: “What happened to King Baltazar? Have you stopped him at the border? Deported?”
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Even the Cádiz Mayor José María González denounced the card on his Twitter account, stating: “It is terrible that precisely the land that drinks five roots, including the Afro-descendant, history is misrepresented”, adding “this is the hatred from the extreme right.”
In response to the backlash, a spokesman for the party stated that image of The Three Wise Men was sourced from a photo stock site. They subsequently removed it from everywhere that it was posted, but this however didn’t however stop it from going viral.