'Klovn' star under fire for mocking abuse victim
Casper Christensen apologises, but not before his producer says the joke was simply misunderstood
Celebrity model Mascha Vang was beaten so viciously early Sunday morning at the central Copenhagen nightclub owned by actor/comedian Casper Christensen that her jaw was dislocated and she required hospitalisation. Adult model Kira Eggers was also wounded in the assault.
The pain and suffering endured by Vang was apparently the perfect fodder for humour on Christensen's FunnyHaHa.dk website.
A Photshopped picture of a severely beaten and bruised Vang was posted on the site with the caption: “Getting beat up is like exercise; it hurts most after three days”.
Joke was "misunderstood"
The picture generated so many negative comments that it was finally pulled down.
Although Christensen eventually said that he regretted that the joke had been posted, Kasper Colding, the head of Douglas Entertainment, the company that handles the website, said that the joke had been “misunderstood”.
“We are not poking fun at Masha, we are poking fun at the way she has milked the incident for publicity,” Colding told the tabloid BT. “We did receive comments form women who felt offended, so we removed the joke.”
Casper Christensen said he regretted the Photoshopped image (Photo: Wikicommons / Thue)
Colding said the he did not regret posting the joke, and, unlike Christensen, declined to apologise.
“When you stick your neck out, you run the risk of being made the subject of irony," he told BT. "So the only regret that we have is adding more fuel to her fire by mentioning the incident again.”
For his part, Christensen said that he had spoke with Vang and that they were “fine”.
“I think the most important thing to focus on is how to avoid violence in nightclubs,” he told BT.
Vang did not seem to be so forgiving of the joke at her expense.
“It's tasteless,” she told the magazine Her og Nu. “How can anyone think this is funny? This type of harassment is almost worse than the physical pain.”
Meanwhile, Copenhagen police confirmed yesterday that they have questioned a 34-year-old man in connection with the attack.
“The man’s lawyer contacted us,” a police spokesperson told the tabloid Ekstra Bladet.
Police have been examining video from the nightclub, but declined to say what, if anything, it revealed.
Vang said that she did not know her assailant.
“I have certainly never seen him before that night,” she told Ekstra Bladet.
The assault allegedly happened when Vang attempted to get a man who was bothering her to go away. The man punched Vang in the face, and then struck Eggers when she attempted to intervene on Vang’s behalf. The assailant then ran out of the club.
Christensen is best known for his role in the TV series 'Klovn' and the film of the same name. The film was the biggest domestic box office hit and was released internationally under the name 'Klown'. Vang has appeared in reality shows such as 'Paradise Hotel' and 'Masterchef', while Eggers bills herself as "Denmark's most breathtaking and glamorous adult model".