ICELAND – Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson lead singer of Hatari says that there was nothing else but to wipe cloths in the Palestinian flag colors in Eurovision’s finals last night.
“We always find it important to use the art as a tool to ask questions, put things out for the context they are in and let people wonder about the big questions. This was one way. If people were looking for a bomb, then I still think the item was the bomb in all of this, but of course we did it too,” Matthías said in an interview with Björn Malmquist.
When asked, Matthías believes that Hatari has violated Eurovision’s rules with this.
“It was not necessarily the plan to break the rules. There is someone line up there. No one knows where she is. The paradox is to say that this competition is non-political, ”says Matthias. “There was nothing else about it. It is not possible to hold such a competition that is about union and peace among men, which is beautiful in itself, but given what is happening in this country, it cannot be overlooked. As we say, we want my art on the larger context. We hopefully did that.”
Matthías says that the employees of RÚV in the hall did not know about this. He says the atmosphere in the green room changed as they waved cloths in the Palestinian flag colors.
“The Israelites, the other competitors, either praised us or cursed. They were unpredictable reactions.”
Hatari also published a video which they filmed during the security intervention.
— Stefán Ágústsson (@stebbisnaer) May 18, 2019