Genitals video set for Valentine's relaunch
The Local · 5 Feb 2015, 15:58
Published: 05 Feb 2015 15:58 GMT+01:00
- Swedish 'genital' video gets remade in English (21 Jan 15)
Its composer Johan Holmström revealed to The Local on Thursday that the video, which has clocked up almost five million YouTube hits, is set to get its English re-release in time for one of the most romantic days of the year.
“We don’t know if it will be ready in time, but we hope to release it on Valentine’s Day. We thought it would be fun, because it’s a video about the ‘snopp’ and the ‘snippa’ and love.”
Originally made for the children’s programme Bacillakuten, which is produced by Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT, the song uses child-friendly Swedish words for genitals ‘snippa’ and ‘snopp’ and was designed to teach children about the body and its functions.
It ended up making global headlines after YouTube initially classified it as ‘adult content’.
SVT later persuaded the video giant to agree that the clip was not explicit or aimed at adults and to lift the classification.
The Local revealed earlier this month that an English version was on the cards. But Holmström said on Thursday that the final lyrics were still waiting for the record company’s approval. He said: “I personally don’t think the text is very strange, but they have flagged up that some international audiences are a bit more prudish than the Swedes.”
Some translations that have already been written up in international media include lines such as “here comes the willy at full pace” and “the vagina is cool, you better believe it, even on an old lady, it just sits there so elegantly”.
The English version is set to be made available on YouTube and in audio form via the Swedish music streaming site Spotify.
Host Conan O’Brien showed the clip and pointed out some coincidental similarities between himself and the ‘snopp’ – both sporting a big mane of red hair.
“I was offended because I think that penis looked a lot like me,” he told his audience before asking if the content matter was suitable for American television.
“Are we allowed to show this?” he said.