From Iceland — Netflix Grants Request From Icelandic Politician To Edit Scene In 'The Laundromat'

Netflix Grants Request From Icelandic Politician To Edit Scene In ‘The Laundromat’

Published June 8, 2020

Andie Sophia Fontaine
Photo by
Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson/Facebook

At long last, streaming service Netflix has granted the request of Progressive Party chair Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson and edited one of its most celebrated films in post-production.

As reported last October, Sigurður Ingi was upset by two seconds of The Laundromat, during a scene in which the Panama Papers begins to break across the global media. As newscasters are reporting the story, one such broadcast uses a screenshot of a Time magazine article, “Iceland Appoints New Prime Minister In Wake Of Panama Papers Leak” that uses a photo of Sigurður Ingi. At the same time, the newscaster in question is saying, “Iceland’s Prime Minister has stepped down after being named in the papers.”

Sigurður argued that this brief moment put him “in the wrong context”. While he was Prime Minister after former Progressive Party chair Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson resigned, Sigurður Ingi contended that the scene was misleading and could give people the impression that he was the Prime Minister who resigned.

(The offending scene in question)

Yesterday, Sigurður Ingi announced on Facebook that he had in the interim lawyered up, and the lawyer in question contacted Netflix. As a result, Netflix removed the scene, and replaced it with a screenshot from Newsweek, showing Sigmundur Davíð instead of Sigurður Ingi.

“Many people encouraged me to go forward with this correction, and I thank them for the support,” he closes. “Right shall be right.”

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