Stundin Okkar, a wildly popular Icelandic children’s show, is starting its 50th year on RÚV. That officially makes it the country’s longest-running TV show. But that milestone isn’t the only thing this fine show has going on. Last Sunday its host, actor Guðjón Davíð Karlsson (or simply Gói), decided to make history for another reason. He tackled the term “homosexuality” and explained it to kids.
To help him he called on Iceland’s favorite singer, Eurovision 1997 performer and ultimate gay icon Paul Oscar, who gladly stepped up. He had a heartfelt talk with one of the show’s characters, who is a girl and has a huge crush on Paul. He gently explains to her that he could never have a girlfriend because he is gay and only fancies boys, and that he was just born like that. And from there he explains how some boys like girls and some boys like other boys, and the same with girls — they can fancy boys, but some girls fancy other girls, and that is okay, because it’s the same thing. The feelings are the same and we should all be able to love whomever we choose and not be ashamed. Or as Paul so delicately puts it: “You can’t decide how your heart beats. It just beats”.
In an interview with Icelandic web media GayIceland, Gói said he really wanted to address this issue and maybe make a difference in some child’s life. He knew that Paul Oskar was the perfect vessel for that. He has a heart of gold. Just ask ANYBODY who has ever met him.
Do you agree with this unexpected but truly welcom turn on Icelandic kids’ TV?