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Your Daily Crazy: Iceland Wants to Ban Porn

By 02.25.13

Iceland’s known for many things, including–but not limited to–weird, critically lauded alternative rock and Gordon Bombay’s meany-pants rivals from “D2: The Mighty Ducks.” It’s also, like its fellow Scandinavian brethren, a left-of-center country, which for some reason now wants to ban pornography from its volcanic shores.

According to The Guardian, interior minister Ogmundur Jonassan has floated a few proposals detailing how it would nix print and online porn to protect children from violent sexual imagery. Certain plans include everything from prohibiting the purchase of porn with an Icelandic credit card to instituting an internet filter that emulates Denmark’s child-porn filter, although the Danes’ version did inadvertently block Google and Facebook last year after suffering a glitch.

Of course, as is characteristic of calls to ban obscene sh*t, there’s outcry. From the same Guardian article, Smari McCarthy of the free-speech International Modern Media Institute says, “this kind of thing does not work. It is technically impossible to do in a way that has the intended effect.” McCarthy also adds that, “and it has negative side effects – everything from slowing down the internet to blocking content that is not meant to be blocked to just generally opening up a whole can of worms regarding human rights issues, access to information and freedom of expression.”

Although strip clubs are banned in Iceland (and Tinsley sheds a tear with this revelation), Icelandic parliament members aren’t optimistic about the proposal’s passing. Birgitta Jonsdottir gave it a Kanye shrug when asked if it would pass, and the coalition government proposing it could be voted out in April’s parliamentary elections.

But, for the time being, this is the greatest L Icelandic youth have taken since Julie “The Cat” Gaffney stopped Gunnar Stahl’s penalty shot in the Los Angeles Junior Goodwill Games.


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