People are sharing this nativity scene 'without any Jews, Arabs, Africans or refugees'

Joe Vesey-Byrne
Thursday 15 December 2016 11:30
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Picture:(Joanna Wieruszewska, Marek Wieruszewski)

A drawing of the Christian nativity "without Jews, Arabs, Africans or refugees" has been shared online, gaining thousands of views.

On Imgur alone it's been viewed over 186,000 times.

Other versions shared on Twitter also make note of the absence of "unwed mothers".

The cartoon stresses the multiplicity of peoples present at the birth of the figure at the centre of Christianity.

It is also a sly nod to the treatment of these groups by the avowedly Christian countries today.

The cartoon is a little over a year old. On 4 December 2015, a version with the original Polish caption was shared.

The work was also labeled Rys J Wieruszewska meaning Figure J Wieruszewska

It was drawn by the artist Joanna Wieruszewska who originally posted it to her Facebook in December 2015.

Speaking to indy100, Wieruszewska confirmed the cartoon was her creation.

In fact it was my brother who had the idea. He called me one evening and described what he wanted me to draw. It was much about what happen this time in Poland with the very conservative government and nationalist sentiments. And on the same time Polish are very Catholic and religious.

She asked for her brother Marek Wieruszewski to be credited with the idea for the drawing.

Then I published it on Facebook (my brother doesn't have an account) and I had thousands of shares! It was published in Polish media and there was many negative comments... We, Polish, are not very self-critical.

Poland is not alone with negative responses to the cartoon.

While many have simply shared its implied message, or welcomed the cartoon, some have taken umbrage with the idea that Mary and Joseph were almost definitely brown.

Others had a serious quibble with the Dutch cattle that had been allowed to remain:

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