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Pirate party MP's photobomb of President: Icelanders divided over whether it's a grave insult

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  • Presidential bunny ears President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson poses for photo with newly elected MP for the Left green movement, Andrés Ingi, while Ásta Helgadóttir, Pirate party MP photobombs the occasion. Photo/Andrés Ingi

Icelandic social media has been ablaze for the last couple of days over a photo posted to Twitter by newly elected Left-green MP Andrés Ingi Jónsson. The photo was taken at a reception at the President's residence Bessastaðir on Thursday, showing Andrés Ingi posing with the President, while Pirate party MP Ásta Helgadóttir photobombs the president, making bunny ears for the President with her fingers.

 

 

Many on social media have denounced the Pirate party MP. Many have called her action disgraceful and a grave insult to the office of the President, while others claimed she was "the greatest moron in the history of Iceland", demanding her resignation.However, the local news site visir.is reports that the President of Iceland was in on the joke. Ásta Helgadóttir told visir.is that the President, who is a tall man, had even crouched to ensure that the bunny ears could be captured on the photo. "Which I think makes the whole thing even funnier," she added.

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Others have pointed out that this is not the first time the President is photographed with bunny ears: His wife, Eliza Reed gave the president bynny ears on a photo taken when a group of children from Greenland visited the President in September. Guðni Th. has made an effort to "humanize" the office of the President. He has shown up at official functions wearing jeans, he been spotted picking up a pizza at Dominos, and he turned down a massive pay hike.   

 

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, Eliza Reed, Bunny ears
The first lady and President Eliza Reed, wife of Guðni Th. Jóhannesson makes bunny ears on the President while they pose with a group of chlidren from Greenland visiting the President. Photo/Hrafn Jökulsson

 

 

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