Onstage Comedy or Pedophilia?

WARNING: Suggestive content.

I saw it, but I couldn’t believe it!

A Youtube video shows a clip of what appears to be a concert in the Netherlands in 1993. Openly gay Dutch comedian, actor, and singer Paul de Leeuw performs a duet with a little boy (probably around his pre-teens) in front of an audience. The song is in Dutch, and there are no subtitles.

Singing a song with a little kid sounds like a beautifully entertaining thing to see. However, as what Leeuw did during the performance, what I saw was not beautiful or entertaining. What I saw was quite disturbing to say the least.

Leeuw was constantly in physical contact with his young partner. At first, Leeuw kissed the boy in a passionate manner while he (the boy) was on his lap, even grabbing on his clothes with his teeth as if to imply that he’s attracted to him. Within a minute, Leeuw wrapped himself around the kid; he even lifted his legs above the boy’s shoulders implying a sexual position. Later, Leeuw lifted the boy and positioned him upside-down. After a minute or two of more singing, the duo finished off with a bow to the audience, only Leeuw was behind the kid. Another disturbing part about all this is how the audience laughed throughout the performance and cheered at the end. I wonder what this boy’s parents thought about this.

Some people who commented were in shock not only at the performance, but at the audience’s reactions. Some were even in disbelief when the little boy was chuckling during his partner’s “performances” with him. Still, there were those that thought it was humourous, and others believed that it was all staged.  

There are suspicions that a Catholic church in the Netherlands was connected to this somehow. This post is not to condemn the Catholic, Dutch or LGBQT  communities. Also, keep in mind this took place in the early 1990’s in the Netherlands.

What are your thoughts?


17 thoughts on “Onstage Comedy or Pedophilia?

  1. I am sickened. I’ve never been more outraged, disgusted, sickened, angry in my life. How he could have the nerve to do that with the audience approval is criminal. I have a 8 year old grandson. That piece of trash would be dead! My words ard not accurately describing how I feel.

  2. Pedophilia never has been, will be or can be funny.
    This is (in my American eyes) pedophilia.
    Maybe there’s some cultural thing I’m not getting here?
    I doubt it though.

  3. I remember this there was another video on youtube I think it was Australian and the game show host was asking for kisses from the little girls and it was all creepy and weird the video pics up on pure nastiness

  4. Whoops my bad. Still very nasty though I had to wash my hands after watching that just plain creepy and nasty.

  5. Hell yes that mess was CREEPY!! In fact it was creepy as hell where the f**k are these boys parents and why did they let this nonsense go on?!! No way if that were my son I would be onstage giving tubby a solid can of whoop ass and no this isn’t funny or comical it’s downright weird cringeworthy. And the little boy in the beginning looked VERY uncomfortable this was so much fail! As for the dude from Canada those moms need a damn slap that guy is a straight up perv and I would have slapped his ass rather than give him a kiss on the cheek. This is why I hate most parents.

  6. Oh.

    How disgusting and repulsive…I’m at a loss for words.
    It certainly appeared to me that the man was enjoying what he was doing to that poor child, and enjoying it a little bit too much…that’s what my (admittedly American) eyes see. It looks very wrong, and I was indeed disturbed by it. I couldn’t find anything funny about it.

    Cultural differences might play a part here. In Japanese society, for instance, it isn’t unheard of for family members to bathe nude in hot-tubs, much like it is natural for Finns to be in the sauna, nude and co-ed, together.

      1. Oh no. You’ve raised a good point. It may have been seen as something totally different over in the Netherlands. Then again, they could consider it disgusting as well. Still, if that was true, the fact that people in the audience watched it unflinched is questionable even if it was considered comedy.

        I watched it with a Western gaze, and I couldn’t believe my eyes.

  7. One other thing – what was the statue or whatever it is behind the stage, that I never really saw in full view? From what I saw, it looked like a giant pair of bare legs…and that, in context of everything else going on in the video, certainly damns the entire performance as a blatant sexual assault on a child.

  8. I guess, in some ways, this raises an issue with societies that are more ‘open’ sexually – something like that can go on, onstage, and people won’t bat an eye. Amsterdam is well-known for the open ‘red-light district’ and well-advertised porn shops, so open sex acts aren’t frowned upon. Many Americans are shocked over topless or all-nude beaches in Europe, where EVERYONE goes – not just the plastic, the cosmetically-enhanced, or the young – and that’s probably what shocks them most of all!

    Many questions can be asked over whether or not a society that is more sexually open inadvertently fosters an environment that endangers children, but there are horrific sexual crimes against children in America every day – so it’s certainly not that simple.

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