@Sweden Twitter Account Taken Over by Controversial 'Holy Mother' of Two

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By Ivana Kvesic, Christian Post Reporter
June 13, 2012|5:34 pm

A controversial 27-year-old mother of two has taken over as the official Twitter spokesperson for Sweden and has been stirring up more than just interest in the Nordic country due to comments observers are finding offensive.

As part of an initiative to stir up "interest and arouse curiosity" in Sweden, a project known as Curators of Sweden was launched last December which involves the Swedish government handing it's official Twitter account over to a different Swede every seven days. But it is this week's account holder, a self-proclaimed "holy mother" of two named Sonja Abrahamsson, who has arguably stirred the most interest and controversy in her service as a spokesperson for the country.

"My name is Sonja and I'm a 27-year old womanlike human being from northern Sweden," Abrahamsson describes herself on the Curators of Sweden website.

"When I was 19 years old I took my stuff (including my boyfriend) and moved to Gothenburg. Then I got pregnant two times in a row. Now I'm a single and low educated mother, but at least I don't do drugs and prostitution," she later adds.

The young mother of two began her spokesperson duties this past Monday with an introductory tweet that was seemly typical enough.

"HELLO WORLD!!! I'm your new swede for this week! Usually I call myself @hejsonja, because my name is Sonja. This will be fun," the 27-year-old tweeted.

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But already later in the day Abrahamsson had sent out tweets calling her child whiny, compared her state of hunger to that of an "African child," and shared her belief that Princess Madeleine of Sweden had underwent an abortion.

"Sweet morning glory! My son is a whiny son of a b***h," the Swedish blogger who refers to herself as an "unemployed bum" tweeted.

Later in the day, she tweeted, "I seriously need to get some eggs before I starve like an African child. Even if it's not possible. In Sweden we have great social security."

That remark was eventually followed with: "Once I had a strong feeling that Sweden's royal princess Madeleine had an abortion. I was all like 'oh boy now the fetus is gone.'"

But Sunday's tweets were just the beginning of what appears to be several more controversy-filled tweets that are supposed to be generating interest in Sweden and its diverse population.

On Tuesday, Abrahmasson had taken to the site to continue to post more random comments and even asked "what's the fuzz with Jews?" -- a question that stirred backlash and had many questioning if the Curators of Sweden project is being too democratic in its approach.

"Love the idea of Swedes running the @Sweden, but this is insane... Freedom of speech gone wrong," one Twitter user wrote.

Others suggested that Abrahmasson's comments indicate an "epic Twitter fail," while Sweden's tourism board maintains that the mother of two is just sharing her perspective.

 "It's very important for us to let everyone take a unique viewpoint," Tommy Sollen, social media manager at VisitSweden, told The Wall Street Journal. "Every one of our curators is there with a different perspective."

 

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