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The Mayor of Reykjavík Voted In Iceland’s National Elections Dressed As a Jedi


It’s not so surprising when you consider that the mayor in question is comedian Jón Gnarr, who ran for election as a joke back in 2010 and was quite surprised when he actually got elected. Part of his platform as the head of the made-up Best Party was that he refused to talk to other candidates unless they’d watched all five seasons of The Wire. There’s a documentary, if you’re so inclined. Or you can just look at this picture of him voting while dressed as a Jedi.

(via: Neatorama)

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  • Anonymous

    ” . . . he refused to talk to other candidates unless they’d watched all five seasons of The Wire.” Between The Wire and The Real Housewives series, I wonder what Europeans think America is actually like. The poor are constantly involved in a drug war, and the rich are grotesque caricatures of real human beings?

  • Anonymous

    Actually, I’m an European and that’s something I’ve been meaning to ask an American for a while. Judguing by the films and tv shows, American teenagers should all be exterminated as quickly as possible, because they are all despicable caricatures with no redeeming qualities. This obviously can’t be true, because the US hasn’t so far collapsed into a state of chaotic teabaggery, so where do all those films come from exactly? Does every American filmmaker hate high school kids so much that they portray them in a way that makes Dolores Umbridge seem like a nice lady? Or are the films true and the Americans have a brainswitch that turns brainless twats into people once they turn 21? The world needs to know!

    Also, this mayor sounds like a character from a geek comedy and someone should get busy writing that script, because I for one would pay to watch it.

  • Anonymous

    “Judguing by the films and tv shows, American teenagers should all be exterminated as quickly as possible, because they are all despicable caricatures with no redeeming qualities.” Oh, god, I’m dying here. There’s two things happening here – 1. There is an element of American teenagers being generally awful creatures (I’m seriously concerned for the future) but it has more to do with a stronger force in American culture – the intense desire to feel superior to other people, particularly if they’re economically better off than you. As far as I can tell, every single reality TV show currently on the air is fed by this desire, since every character (the shows are mostly scripted, remember) on every reality show is a worthless and empty caricature of humanity.

  • Anonymous

    Well, if the typical image of American teenager is supposed to help fulfill that desire to feel superior, you guys REALLY should start worrying about the future…

  • marvin nubwaxer

    i’m a 62 year old american and i am ashamed to live in a country that is nothing like the country that cured polio when i was a young child.

  • Anonymous

    The thing is, many, many things have gotten much better. Compared to when you were a child, I think we’ve generally improved in areas such as not treating people like animals based on their skin color, and not treating women like second-class citizens (as much). It’s just that we’ve pursued individual liberty in the most screwed-up way possible, as the pursuit of the rights of everyone to be a self-involved douchebag, rather than compassionate members of a community of equals.

  • Travis Fischer

    I LIVE in America and I’m kind of confused about where Hollywood filmmakers went to school because I’ve never seen a portrayal of a high school resembling the school I attended.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicole.e.currie Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    Proof that Iceland is cooler than the rest of us.