Six drunken MPs recorded describing ministers as ‘clapped-out bags’December 9, 2018
Uproar in Iceland as six ‘drunken’ MPs including ex-prime minister are recorded describing female ministers as ‘clapped-out bags’ and rating them as ‘f***able’ or ‘non-f***able’
- The MPs decided to go out drinking rather than listen to a debate on the budget
- The group included former prime minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson
- The career of one woman is questioned because she is ‘not as hot this year’
A group of Icelandic MPs were secretly recorded using sexist and obscene language about female colleagues.
The six MPs, including former prime minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, decided to go out drinking rather than listen to a debate on the budget.
They spent three hours at the bar called Klaustur in Reykjavik, and a person nearby recorded their conversation.
Culture minister Lilija Dogg Alfredsdottir (pictured) called for the resignation of the MPs involved in the incident
The MPs were heard rating female colleagues on how ‘f***able’ or ‘non-f****able’, they were also heard describing female ministers as ‘clapped-out bags.’
Former foreign minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, who is known for being a champion of women’s rights, is heard laughing at domestic abuse allegations levelled against a former MP and mocking someone else for coming forward as part of the #MeToo campaign.
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The political career of another woman is also questioned because she is ‘not as hot this year.’
Culture minister Lilija Dogg Alfredsdottir is also targeted, with one of the men saying ‘she plays with men, as women do.’
Freyja Haraldsdottir, who is disabled, was also spoken about and called an ‘island’- with the reference a possible jibe at her wheelchair that allows her to lie flat.
The six MPs, including former prime minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson (pictured), decided to go out drinking rather than listen to a debate on the budget
The recording has caused uproar in Iceland, a country that has a female prime minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir, and has topped World Economic Forum’s index for gender equality for several years.
Haraldsdottir, received an apology from Gunnlaugsson, but told The New York Times, that without action, it was an empty gesture.
She said: ‘The MPs don’t consider what they did a violation,
‘That is the message they send by not resigning. And it hurts as much as the actual act.’
She added, ‘My body has been on everyone’s lips in the past days, and I find it very uncomfortable. I wonder what impact this will have on me and other disabled people, like disabled children.’
Alfresdottir has also called for the resignation of the MPs last week, she said: ‘I experience this as violence…they are thugs.’
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