The lead singer of pop band Í svörtum fötum addressed attendees at the Best Festival by calling the women at the show “whores”, and saying he would not take off his shirt until a woman came on stage bare-chested. He has since apologised for this behaviour. Jón Jósep Snæbjörnsson, better known as Jónsi í Svörtum fötum, arrived on stage at the Best Festival last Saturday with the greeting, “Gentlemen and whores. Are all the whores having fun?” He then said he wasn’t going to take off his shirt (a performance style Jónsi is known for) unless a girl came up on stage bare-chested. The remarks would likely offend people at any music festival, but as the Best Festival has put special emphasis on rape prevention – as rapes have become problematic at Icelandic outdoor festivals – Jónsi’s remarks were seen by many to be especially insulting. Jónsi apologised later that day with the statement: “It happened in the heat of the moment as attendees were having a great time. If it offended anyone at the festival, I am sorry. My intention was not to hurt anyone, nor least of all is it a reflection of how I or Í svörtum fötum regard women.”
As reported by RÚV, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm appeared on Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show, last Monday. While admitting that he had never been to Iceland, after Ferguson briefed him on former Mayor of Reykjavík, Jón Gnarr and his Best Party, Hamm replied: “This is why the list of why I like Iceland keeps growing and growing.” Hamm’s gestures at that point seemed to indicate he had a somewhat extensive list in mind.
If you spend your holidays at an Icelandic household, you will most likely see the living room decorated, or perhaps occupied, by green plastic in the shape of a pine tree. The artificial Christmas tree seems to be taking over. It is likely that you will be served smoked pork —hamborgarhryggur— on Christmas Eve, and you will almost unavoidably be offered smoked lamb or mutton —hangikjöt— on Christmas day. This is according to a recent poll, conducted by MMR. Most likely to deviate in any of the above are supporters of the Pirate Party, and the poll’s highest wage group.
Þórhildur Sunna Sævarsdóttir, Chair of the Women’s Association for Peace and Culture (MFÍK), says it is urgent to thoroughly investigate whether Iceland in any way supported the CIA’s transportation of prisoners for torture. If that turns out to be the case, Icelanders are accomplices to war crimes. “These crimes do not become void. Being an accomplice to torture is a war crime,” she stated, interviewed by Stöð 2 this Saturday. Iceland’s involvement On December 12, Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson announced that the Foreign Ministry had commenced an investigation into any potential “abuse” of Icelandic facilities related to the CIA’s
Throughout December, as count-down to Christmas, RÚV has re-broadcast various season-related music acts from earlier decades. This Saturday’s broadcast sported an eleven year old Björk Guðmundsdóttir reciting the Christmas nativity story, accompanied by music played by students of the Reykjavík Children’s Music School. The recording was made in 1976. Seven seconds of the recording have appeared on YouTube: RÚV’s entire video is not embeddable, but you can watch it, in whole, on their website.
The tenth Yule Lad, Gluggagægir (Window Peeper), was arrested last night on suspicion of espionage. Gluggagægir was apprehended after police received reports of him loitering outside Alþingi, peeking through windows. Gluggagægir has spent centuries peeping through people’s windows, curious about the going’s on inside and occasionally stealing shiny trinkets. His arrest record for acts of voyeurism is several pages long. Gluggagægir’s belongings, seized in the arrest, included his laptop which police have said contained troubling material regarding national and international security. “We cannot give you any information regarding the case, which is currently under investigation,” a police spokesperson told the
Popular hot dog stand Bæjarins Beztu hired extra security last night in preparation for the arrival of the ninth Yule Lad, Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage Swiper). “We couldn’t afford losses like last year,” said the vendor on duty, Jói, when the Grapevine caught up with him last night. “He cleared us out, all the hot dogs, just gone. I’d only worked at Bæjarins Beztu a few months when Bjúgnakrækir hit us last year. One minute I’m selling a hot dog ‘with everything’ and the next I’m waking up on the floor and the whole place has been turned over. He ate it