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Ingvi Hrafn hangs himself on TV

OK, I just have to share this.

What we have here is one Ingvi Hrafn Jónsson, supporter of the Independence Party and castigator of all things Eva Joly, denouncing [um, too polite a word] the good lady and the work of the Special Prosecutor’s Office on his private television station, INN.

I doubt if such extreme delirium has ever been witnessed on Icelandic television before.

He speaks Icelandic and it won’t mean much to you who don’t understand it — actually, strike that. The insane laughter that someone has edited to come at the beginning and the end — as well as in the middle — just sums it up perfectly. For those of you who do speak Icelandic — hang on to your chins, for you could sustain injury when they hit the floor.

Ah, me. I always just watch these kinds of train wrecks with a morbid sort of fascination. The man is clearly piss drunk, and exposing his true inner self by engaging in this sort of psychological masturbation. Sort of gives credit to the old adage: Give a man a rope long enough and he’ll hang himself.



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  • Hilda October 16, 2010, 12:02 am

    My jaw is still intact because this is just sad. I hope someone will get the man the help he so clearly needs.

  • kevin oconnor,waterford,ireland October 16, 2010, 1:01 am

    Easy tiger no need to engage in racist abuse of your beloved countrymen I wonder what he said why can’t these damm people speak English, actually I thought from your title that this was a copycat job from Sweden


    Don’t worry about being piss drunk even our own fine prime minster has been found guilty of being on the Brink, or is that a very interesting budget in Ireland come pearl harbor day 7th dec 2010.

  • sigga October 16, 2010, 1:02 am

    No words can really describe this man and this channel – it is worse than any radio talk back (with redneck background) that I have ever ever heard. It’s so bad and sad that it is almost … no sorry … it isn’t even funny.

  • B.G. October 16, 2010, 1:04 am

    Wish I knew more Icelandic, pretty much the only bit I understood was “andskotann”.

  • Cactus Zonie October 16, 2010, 1:47 am

    I wonder how many houses (I mean Stucco Boxes) he is underwater on in Florida like those other “Investors” from all over the world?

    What a SHILL. He would fit right in with those FOX NEWS fear mongering , brainwashing , bank cartrel owned jack asses here in the Good ‘ol US of A.

    Keep throwing tomatoes , eggs and whatever you can find Iceland. A nice Kokosbolla at their face would be great , but they are so good it would almost be a waste 🙂
    Throw it right at these Fu*king pricks . You are the pride of the world right about now !

  • Kris October 16, 2010, 3:06 am

    Iceland does have it’s share of mean spirited alcoholics. I call people like that ‘poorly socialised’. I can’t be shocked because I live in Florida. You could hardly imagine the level of depravity on display here on a daily basis. I rarely even watch the news it’s so disturbing.
    Too bad Eva Joly left. Also, I think Bjork is right on the money going after Magma. It’s practical and not vainglorious like the efforts of a certain quixotic singer from Ireland.

  • Rik Hardy October 16, 2010, 4:32 am

    I only wish that it was funnier, and totally impossible to take seriously.
    If he turns out to be right, then we’ll all want to hang ourselves…

    My way of finding some sort of “insight” into matters like this is to think, “What would I do in that situation?”
    If I were an unscrupulous materialist who thought that justice, honesty and conscience were strictly for losers, I might, if I were clever enough, try to do exactly what Ingvi Rafn is suggesting that Eva Joly is doing.
    Let’s face it, she is making some very big money for very few hours of airtime, and we really don’t know much about how many office hours she has been putting in.
    If she is the unscrupulous materialist I fictionalized above, then she will, indeed, laugh in her Saga Class seat all the way to a Paris bank.
    The question is, have Icelanders put their faith in her because they desperately need to put their faith in someone – anyone? Or do they really think that Mme. Joly comes across as a good, genuine and credible adviser in their time of need?
    Her advice to us is to have patience, but can we afford to sit back in the sure knowledge that those in high places who have a lot to hide will certainly NOT be sitting back and being patient?
    As I said before, if I were an average, self-respecting criminal with minimal intelligence, what I would do with every day, week and month during which I was not actually arrested, would be to hide and destroy even more evidence, as well as probably making a few attempts to bribe or blackmail potential members of any team likely to prosecute me.
    Is anyone even looking for evidence of this sort of activity? I do hope so.

    Ingvi Rafn is clearly somewhat damaged, and although I admittedly don’t know a single thing about him, what I do see is the familiar manifestation of long-term alcoholics everywhere – a style of talking/ranting which makes it impossible to know whether or not they have been drinking on that particular day.
    But he was clear-headed enough to admit that perhaps he was completely wrong about Joly, and it is also difficult to reject his argument that the hope for some sort of justice in this case would have been greatly augmented if a sizeable handful of suspects had been remanded in custody some considerable time ago.
    The fiendish cackling sounds to me like it was added to the soundtrack later, and his final comment that this matter was not funny, but enough to make you weep, sounded sincere enough to me.

    Nevertheless, for reasons best-known to himself, he is an Independence-Party man, and that means it is in his interests to hide a lot of information about what was going on in Icelandic politics just a few years ago.
    So, if I am to take this particular rant of his as just a load of looney hot air, that would fit in with the image of a half-deranged man who is using his private TV station just to get attention.
    If, on the other hand, behind this apparent buffoonery there is a serious attempt to discredit the prosecution, as Joly said last year that suspected criminals always do if they have something to hide, then we can take Ingvi Rafn’s outburst as a sign that the Independence Party is worried enough about its future to want to build up as much prejudice against the notion of future criminal prosecution as possible.

    For heaven’s sake, I don’t think you even need to be able to read auras to see through that bunch today, and I just LOVE the way their banker cronies and friendly CEOs keep forming committees to investigate themselves.
    Except that it insults my intelligence – and that I don’t forgive so easily…

  • Jacob! October 16, 2010, 6:11 am

    Oh my goodness!! Worse than what I was expecting!

  • Øystein-Norway October 16, 2010, 10:27 am

    Hi – some days ago – I think it was a linguistic program – there was an an interview in the radio with an Icelander (probably teaching at a university here).

    He was asked about one good Icelandic word and choosed the word “ovita” (or something like that). (We have the word “uviten” – probably the same word, but used a bit different). As I understood “ovita” is often used to describe/excuse small child that do things adults don´t like: They are “ovita” – which should be translated to something like they are to be excused because they are to small to know better”. It was just a thought if this could be used here?

    If I should excuse “the child” – I would say something like “Han veit ikkje betre”.

  • Bryan October 16, 2010, 10:41 am

    Alda, INN TV is by far the Superior station in Iceland; a lot of good quality Educational shows, various Talk shows + Ingvi Hrafn´s Entertainment & Political satire as Icing on the top, non-stop 24/7 & at no charge to the viewer. I wonder if you watch the other Icelandic stations and realize what you are paying for the low level cultural garbage there ?
    Taken into account Ingvi Hrafn´s track record and CV and compare it to yours & the whyning about how difficult it is to publish your stuff, the poor backward English language you are using at times and how you hate & look down on your fellow countrymen, no wonder you don´t know how to appreciate INN TV. (Hire me ! Like me? Feed me!)

  • kevin oconnor,waterford,ireland October 16, 2010, 1:24 pm

    About TV in Iceland do you have to pay a TV licence in Iceland, we do here in Ireland €160 a year.

  • Rik Hardy October 16, 2010, 1:28 pm

    I’m amazed that Ingvi Hrafn hasn’t already hired Bryan.
    Good to see that some of the trolls are still doing well at least.

  • alda October 16, 2010, 1:35 pm

    @ Rik — I’m amazed that Ingvi Hrafn hasn’t already hired Bryan. — I was under the impression that he already had.

    @ Kevin — yep, we certainly do. We pay for state TV and the other stations are subscription. Well, except for the highly enlightened and educational INN.

  • George October 16, 2010, 2:38 pm

    Did Apple pay for that product placement?

  • Pétur October 16, 2010, 4:16 pm

    Don’t forget the other free TV station in Iceland – the broad minded and level headed “Omega” – an American style evangelical christian station.

    What a great choice for those who don’t want to pay for TV in Iceland! Maybe if I prayed…

  • sylvia hikins October 16, 2010, 7:17 pm

    I think you’ve got it all wrong. It’s clearly an ad for Apple Mac!!!!!!
    sylvia from viking wirral

  • Jonas Thor October 16, 2010, 7:22 pm

    To Whom it may concern, eveybody pays a Radio and TV fee unless you are over the age of 70 like me. But if you do not own a TV you must pay. If you do not own a radio you must pay. If you only watch Omega you must pay for that to as it is not free. The problem here is that the fee you pay does not all go toward the state TV and Radio. A part of it is dragged off for use in other things within the state that have no relation to the State TV and radio.

  • Joerg October 16, 2010, 9:18 pm

    A wonderful kind of real-life satire – your post combined with the worshiping comment below. Even if somebody feels obliged to sing this hymn of praise to this wretched guy, he should on all accounts refrain from calling this program educational right here – unless an education to collective delta or binge drinking is considered the solution for Iceland’s woes.

  • Gunnar G October 17, 2010, 2:10 am

    Björk – terrorism…… good stuff

  • George October 17, 2010, 3:03 pm

    It is possible for a person to be a babbling, pathetic drunk buffoon yet be right at the same time.

  • Sigvaldi Eggertsson October 17, 2010, 4:31 pm

    Joerg, most of the time it is not Ingvi Hrafn who is on the screen, it can be the lady from the Horticultural college teaching us how to grow fruit or vegetables or someone hiking a mountain so it can be quite educational when he is not around (when he´s on it usually hilarious)

  • Max Naylor October 17, 2010, 11:40 pm

    Lots of kerling in there. My favourite word was drottningarviðtal. This man is bonkers.

  • Hanne October 18, 2010, 11:19 am

    He is leaving the country tomorrow, he says. Not on SAGA Class I reckon…

  • alda October 18, 2010, 11:24 am

    Why not on Saga Class, Hanne? After all, he is a media mogul.