Iceland revokes 2015 rule on gender balance
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – In 2015, the Icelandic national selection show “Söngvakeppnin” will take place for the 22nd time. As soon as the rules were published, a few weeks ago, several artists openly disagreed with RÚV, the national broadcaster. The new “50% gender equality” rule was quickly criticized by two former Eurovision entrants. Friðrik Ómar Hjörleifsson (part of Euroband, Iceland 2008) and Páll Óskar (Iceland 1997) have called this rule “demeaning for women”.
Were their complains heard or not, RÚV have erased this line from the Söngvakeppnin 2015 handbook and another artist is now criticizing the national broadcaster. 2012 Eurovision entrant, Greta Salóme, is highly upset with RÚV’s flip-flop and on her facebook page, one can read:
“I’ve been following the debates for some days now, and the headline: “Demeaning for women” caught my attention. I personally think that there are many other things that are way worse than a gender quota for composers in Eurovision. The new rule is not something I think has any decisive influence on women creating music. But they’ve changed their mind and ditched the rule, so everybody can sleep soundly tonight. Or can we?”
Even in peaceful Iceland it seems quite hard to please everybody…
DID YOU KNOW?
Gender issues are not something to be neglected in Iceland. As an example, remember that President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was, in 1980, the world’s first democratically elected head of state.