Mayor Jón Gnarr deeply regrets the controversy created as a result of comments he made during an interview with French news agency AFP regarding his watching of pornography, visir.is reports.
“I was only joking,” said Gnarr and pointed out that immediately after uttering the word, he specifically stated that he was joking, and proceeded to tell the reporter that the web sites he visited the most were Facebook and Google. That addition, however, was not included in the interview.
When asked by visir.is about his opinion on pornography, Gnarr’s answer was clear: “I think it is tragic. It is a world without love and it is very unattractive. Pornography is sex without love, which is nothing more than animalistic and disgusting.”
Gnarr therefore claims that his words were taken out of context by AFP. He has not decided whether to file a complaint. “I just haven’t had a moment to figure it out.At first I thought that this was silly and I didn’t expect anyone to wonder about it,” said Gnarr, who returned from Brussels two days ago. “I thought that everyone would be talking about the citizens’ meeting regarding poverty held here at the City Hall. Unfortunately, there was no time to discuss the matter at the city council meeting.”
He feels that it is tragic that the time of the city council had been spent discussing his quote when so many of Reykjavík’s families are suffering. “I am more ashamed of that than this quote; that the city council is not prioritizing correctly,” said Gnarr. Bót’s citizens’ meeting could not be discussed because of the discussion related to his quote.
“The sad situation in Icelandic politics is that an inappropriate man is mayor. Politics is mostly about acting and I still haven’t yet learned the tricks. But I’m getting there.”
Gnarr admittedly found it very uncomfortable that a city council meeting had been devoted to discussing his quote regarding pornography. “I am hurt by the fact that I’m being declared a bad person. I am an ardent pacifist.”
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