Remarks From Festival Organiser Spark Outrage

Published May 2, 2011

The organiser of the popular national bank holiday festival held at the Westman Islands made remarks about the sexual assault crisis centre Stígamót that many have found patently offensive. While he has since apologised for his remarks, he added that Stígamót was “not above criticism”.
The controversy began when Stígamót said they wanted to be present at this year’s festival. Reports of sexual assaults at the festival have drawn a lot of attention in the past. Páll Scheving Ingvarsson, organiser of this year’s festival, DV reports, said at a town council meeting in the Westman Islands that Stígamót looks for trouble, creating more problems than they solve, and that if Stígamót wanted to come to the festival, they could pay their way in.
In response, Þórunn Þórarinsdóttir, a councillor at Stígamót, said, “This is like saying that when a doctor is on the scene, there are more accidents, and that the doctor somehow causes people to be hurt.”
The remarks also launched the creation of a Facebook group, Stígamót á Þjóðhátíð (Stígamót at the national festival), which at the time of this writing already has over 600 members.
Páll has since issued a classic non-apology, Eyjan reports, saying that he was sorry if people were offended by his remarks, and added that while he respects the work Stígamót does, they are not above criticism. He added that he does not believe sexual assaults are a problem at the festival.



News
First Lambs Of Spring Arrive

First Lambs Of Spring Arrive

by

A collective welcome to the first lambs born in Iceland this spring. The two little floofy black ram lambs were

News
Silicon Plant Denies Pollution, No One Buying It

Silicon Plant Denies Pollution, No One Buying It

by

The Environment Agency of Iceland has rejected a statement from United Silicon suggesting that the high levels of arsenic in

News
Reykjavík of Yore: Laugardalshöllin

Reykjavík of Yore: Laugardalshöllin

by

Laugardalshöllin was Iceland’s largest gymnasium for decades. The house was designed by Gísli Halldórsson and Skarphéðinn Jóhannesson, and its construction

News
Music Picks: Auður Meets Jason Mraz

Music Picks: Auður Meets Jason Mraz

by

Ketamine, Chicken, and Butter Shades of Reykjavík / Hrnnr & Smjorvi Saturday – April 1 – 22:00 – Hvíti Riddarinn

News
Funds Secured For Children’s Addiction Treatment Facility

Funds Secured For Children’s Addiction Treatment Facility

by

Iceland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Equality has secured 500 million ISK to the construction of a substance abuse treatment facility

News
Municipal Council Want To Shut Down Polluting Silicon Plant

Municipal Council Want To Shut Down Polluting Silicon Plant

by

The Municipal Council of Reykjanesbær want the United Silicon plant to shut down immediately as arsenic levels in the air

Show Me More!