They’re the Icelandic anti-capitalist BDSM techno performance art group who are one of the favourites in this Saturday’s first semi-final of Söngvakeppnin 2019. Now Hatari has issued a challenge to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The group has invited him to a bout of Icelandic trouser wrestling — and that’s not a euphemism.
The group made the announcement yesterday on Rás 2 Radio, with an “unofficial statement” in English read by an anonymous spokesperson for the band.
The band have challenged the prime minister of the Eurovision 2019 host country to a friendly game of glíma — Icelandic trouser-grip wrestling. The sport involves two opponents, each wearing a leather harness strapped around the waist and lower thighs. Glíma favours technique over strength and is the national sport of Iceland.
The Hatari-Netanyahu match would take place in Tel Aviv on May 19th, the day after the Eurovision grand final. This suggests that Hatari are planning to be in town, whether or not they win Söngvakeppnin 2019.
Hatari state that if their representative wins the game, then the band will be permitted to establish within Israel the “first ever Hatari-sponsored liberal BDSM colony on the Mediterranean coast”. If Netanyahu wins, then Israel will be given full control of Vestmannaeyjar, a small archipelago off the southern coast of Iceland.
Read the full statement from Hatari
This is unofficial statement from award winning Icelandic anti-capitalist BDSM techno performers art group Hatari:
We address our statement to Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel and chairman of the Likud national-liberal movement.
We members of Hatari hereby challenge you to a friendly match of traditional Icelandic trouser grip wrestling, or glíma. The wrestling match is to take place on Magen David Square in Tel Aviv on May 19th at the time of your choosing.
We will use traditional Icelandic trouser grip rules; illegal holds and unsportsmanlike conduct will lead to disqualifications, and to ensure drengskapur [honour] is upheld, a neutral UN-sponsored referee will be present.
If the chosen Hatari trouser grip wrestling champion wins this fair match of glíma, members of Hatari reserve the rights to settle within your borders establishing the first ever Hatari-sponsored liberal BDSM colony on the Mediterranean coast. If prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu wins the glíma, the Israeli government will be given full political and economic control of South-Icelandic Island municipality Vestmannaeyjar. Members of Hatari will ensure the successful removal of the islands’ current inhabitants.
Hatrið mun sigra, hate will prevail.
Tomorrow evening, Hatari will compete with their song “Hatrið mun sigra” in the first semi-final of Iceland’s national final Söngvakeppnin 2019. Joining them will be fellow competitors Daníel Óliver, Hera Björk, Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen and Þórdís Imsland. Two acts from each of the two semi-finals will qualify for the Icelandic grand final on 2 March.
Iceland has not made it to the Eurovision grand final since 2014 when Pollapönk placed 15th with “No Prejudice”. Most recently, Ari Olafsson placed last in his semi-final with the ballad “Our Choice”.
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