‘They used to be Vikings’: Norwegian PM & ministers earn praise & ridicule for festive dance video
Prime Minister Erna Solberg and more than a dozen government ministers agreed to dance to a popular children’s song as a lighthearted tribute to the country’s independence day, which is celebrated on May 17. The routine was filmed for a children’s television network, local media reported.
In the clip, Solberg leads her cabinet in hand waving, hip thrusting and flag waving – with some ministers clearly showing more enthusiasm than others. To set a good example, the choreography adhered to social distancing guidelines, with ministers leaving space between each other.
Norway's National Day will be celebrated with #SocialDistancing this weekend.But that doesn't stop Prime Minister @erna_solberg and her Ministers from dancing with distance in the streets 💃 🇳🇴💗(via @Reuters)pic.twitter.com/JN9oSVrEn8— NorwayUN (@NorwayUN) May 15, 2020
One minister described the dance routine as a “fantastic cultural experience.” Solberg was slightly more grounded in her assessment, explaining the stunt was meant to be “fun” and allow people to “laugh at us a bit.” And that’s exactly what they did.
A Bergen City Council member, who is part of Solberg’s Conservative Party, said that the government should be “embarrassed” by the video. “Simply terrible to look at, and terribly embarrassing. We (and they) should have been spared from this! (And now I’m not ironic),” Henning Warloe wrote on Twitter.
Others suggested that the dance would have received bad reviews from the country’s Nordic ancestors.
These people used to be Vikings.— Kang & Kodos 2020 (@kang_kodos2020) May 16, 2020
Someplace somewhere there's Vikings turning over in their ships lol— Ziggyzoo (@Ziggyzoo00) May 16, 2020
Still, there were some who argued that people need to lighten up. “The kids think it’s great. Me too,” noted one Norwegian.
Politicians around the world have endeavored to showcase their dancing abilities in order to “connect” with ordinary people – although it’s still far from clear if such a strategy is effective. Former prime minister Theresa May was mercilessly mocked for her rigid dance moves, which earned her the nickname “MayBot.”Also on rt.com A look back at Theresa May’s awkward dancing career that’s bringing the ‘robot’ back (VIDEOS)
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