In an appearance on the longest-running Icelandic kids’ TV show, former Eurovision singer Páll Óskar explained in the simplest way how homosexuality works. Stundin Okkar, broadcast since 1966, featured a scene in which Óskar answers another character’s question, “Do you have a girlfriend?”
“Actually, no I don’t… and I’m never going to have any girlfriends. I don’t get crushes on girls. I get crushes on guys, because I’m gay.”
When asked “When did you know you were attracted to guys and not girls?”, he replies, “When did you know you were attracted to guys and not girls?”
“Some guys like other guys, some guys like girls. Some girls like guys, some girls like other girls. You don’t decide what makes your heart beat, it just beats.
“Think about what it would be like to live in a world where it didn’t matter who you were attracted to! We just need to create that world – that’s our responsibility.”
What a world indeed…
One of our readers notes that in 1993 the National Broadcaster (RÚV), which screens this program, hired a openly gay man to host the show, a man called Felix Bergson who hosted from 1994-1996. Felix was also very familiar to children in the ’90s as he was the voice of many known figures like adult Simba in the Lion King and Aladdin in the Disney cartoon.
Earlier this year, Iceland topped PlanetRomeo’s worldwide Gay Happiness Index.
Watch the clip below.