Norway’s culture sector workers criticize politicians for hugging on election day: “Simply not okay”

Jonas Gahr Støre 2Photo: Javad Parsa / NTB

Many cultural sector workers reacted strongly to pictures of politicians hugging and not wearing masks on election day. 

In a Facebook post, sound engineer Andre Trebbi stated that “everyone behaves as if the pandemic is over, while the culture is still living under extremely strict restrictions. It’s simply not okay anymore.”

Bård Tufte Johansen, Trine Rein, and Bjarte Hjelmeland are among those who have shared the post. Comedian Terje Sporsem pointed out via Facebook that he is only allowed to perform for around 200 people and that the audience must wear face masks and sit in cohorts. In some places, they are not allowed to bring drinks into the hall.

“Then, you get a little upset by this,” he wrote.


Similar irritation has been expressed through commentary articles in, among others, Medier24 and Stavanger Aftenblad on Wednesday.

The images of the Labor Party celebrating the election victory and Jonas Gahr Støre’s walk from Youngstorget to the Storting have been heavily criticized in the commentary articles.

Communications manager Ingrid Langerud in the Labor Party told the newspaper VG that all infection control rules were followed on election day.

“Everyone who was present was pre-registered and had to show a green corona certificate at the entrance. We also followed all the rules regarding the number and distance between the tables. And there was only alcohol serving at the tables. But it is clear – scenes of joy were unavoidable on an evening like this,” Langerud said.

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1 Comment on "Norway’s culture sector workers criticize politicians for hugging on election day: “Simply not okay”"

  1. this is insane. Hugging is ok…..there is no dire plague out there. Madness has taken over entire countries.

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