Icelandic talk show host Guðmundur Steingrímsson impressed all five of his viewers on Friday, August 25th, when he asked a question so asinine and tinged with bigotry that mayoral hopeful, and former asinine talk show host Gísli Marteinn, had to yield his throne as most annoying television personality in the world.
Steingrímsson’s question, posed to composer and frontman for Bang Gang, Barði Jóhannsson about the soundtrack to Strákarnir Okkar, (Eleven Men Out): “The movie is about gay people and I was wondering whether a person needed to be gay to play a gay person.”
Jóhannsson then promptly stood up and left the set.
“It was a natural follow-up to ask whether you wouldn’t need to be gay to compose music for a gay movie” Guðmundur told reporters after the incident.
The profoundly offensive conduct by Steingrímsson has earned media coverage in sister company Fréttablaðið, for whom Steingrímsson also writes a mediocre weekly column.
Casual observers of local political scene have taken note: Gísli Marteinn prefaced his campaign for mayor of Reykjavík with a slew of racial stereotypes during a nationally televised broadcast of Eurovision. Steingrímsson, who is the son of former Prime Minister Steingrímur Hermannsson, and grandson of former Prime Minister Hermann Jónasson, has set himself as offensive enough to be considered for the post of prime minister when national elections are held in 2007.
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