Others used the stunt as an excuse to show off their Photoshop skills.
— Kolbjørn H. Larssen (@krealab) April 20, 2016
Others took to Twitter to say critics were suffering from “Listhaug Derangement Syndrome.”
“Should she have drowned in order to experience what it's like to be a refugee?” asked media critic George Gooding.
OK alle dere som har Listhaug Derangement Syndrome: hva er liksom greia? Skulle hun druknet for å få erfare hvordan det er å være flyktning?
— George K. Gooding (@GeorgeGooding) April 19, 2016
The minister defended herself against the criticism by saying that she wanted to pay tribute to the Norwegian rescue workers who have saved migrants from drowning.
“I spoke with the crew, who told me horrible stories. They are heroes who have saved over 3,000 people. When I was asked to see how they operate, of course I said yes. It would have been completely rude not to have done it,” she told TV2.