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World Be Getting Warmer, People Be Getting Colder

By Seth Freilich | Industry | July 7, 2010 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | July 7, 2010 |


I know I've been an absentee critic/writer/whatever around these parts of late, and I wish it weren't so. But the real world job is treating me like the suit-wearin' businessman I am, when all I want to be is just a gangsta, I suppose. In any event, I had to crawl out of the deposition hell I'm in to share this story, because it rules.

Jon Gnarr is my new favorite Mayor, and he should be yours too. Gnarr is apparently a comedian in Iceland, best known for playing the awesomely-named Georg Bjarnfredarson. As one news article describes Bjarnfredarson (I want to marry that name!), he's "a nasty, bald, middle-aged, Swedish-educated Marxist whose childhood was ruined by a militant feminist mother." Another one of those characters? Sheesh!

So for a laugh, Gnarr's political party (called the Best Party) won recent elections in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, taking 34.7 percent of the vote and over a third of the council seats. So last week, Gnarr was sworn in as Mayor. But because his Best Party only got a plurality of votes, now he's got to build a coalition. And the reason he's my favorite Mayor? Because he has a fantastic prerequisite for his new coalition partners -- they must have seen all five seasons of "The Wire."

Fucking genius.

Sadly, as New York Magainze tells us:

Unfortunately, Gnarr seems to have internalized the lessons of the show all too well, quickly demonstrating the difficulties of maintaining one's principles while in public office by teaming up with center-left Social Democrats "despite Mr. Gnarr's suspicion that party leaders had assigned an underling to watch 'The Wire' and take notes."

Good to know that politicians are broke-ass cheaters even in Iceland. But still, good on ya, Gnarr.

...I don't have anything funny or clever to end this post with. Too tired. Come up with an appropriate concluding quote from "The Wire" in the comment section, would ya?



Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.



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