The Progressive Party has taken nationalism one step further by recreating a scene from Egil’s Saga. Egill Skallagrímsson projectile vomited mead and skyr all over Ármóður skegg, while our MP, Ásmundur Einar Daðason, projectile vomited wine and sleeping pills all over his co-passengers.
Recently, Ásmundur boarded a WOW Air flight on a diplomatic trip to Washington D.C. accompanied by the other members of the foreign affairs committee and then the MP proceeded to vomit on himself and other passengers.
Ásmundur claims that he had a stomach bug and would be seeking medical treatment later this week. According to passengers on the flight, including a flight attendant, he was drinking excessively.
“I saw the flight attendants were always at his seat. He was pissed. This wasn’t a stomach bug. That’s just bullshit,” co-passenger Tinna Margrét Jóhannsdóttir told Vísir. “He didn’t apologize. He acted like nothing happened.”
Vilhjálmur Bjarnason, an Independence Party MP, who originally broke the story, told DV that “Ásmundur wasn’t at all drunk and he didn’t puke,” which is a strange claim considering that Ásmundur himself admitted to puking when contacted by DV.
In Egil’s Saga, the projectile vomit was a sign of disrespect. In Ásmundur’s story, if he was drunk while representing the people of Iceland on a diplomatic trip abroad, the message seems to be the same.
Ásmundur says he is going to see a doctor about his stomach. With the strikes at the hospital, the chances of getting the lab tests done quickly is…questionable. Maybe, like many teenagers’ mysterious Sunday morning flus, the mystery of what caused the puking will never be solved.
The incident led to the birth of the hashtag #ásiaðfásér, which translates to “Ásmundur drinking.” Many people have taken to twitter to mock the MP and his actions using that hashtag.