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Genitals video set for Valentine’s relaunch

The English version of a Swedish children’s cartoon featuring dancing genitals that went viral last month, is on track for a Valentine’s Day release, its composer has told The Local.

Genitals video set for Valentine's relaunch
Love is in the air for a viral Swedish genitals video. Photo: SVT

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Originally made for the children’s programme Bacillakuten, which is produced by Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT, the song uses child-friendly Swedish words for genitals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.

The video, which has gained international media coverage everywhere from the BBC to Polish online newspapers, hit the headlines again this week when it featured on American talk show Conan.

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.

AFGHANISTAN

Swedish student to face trial after anti-deportation protest that stopped flight

The Swedish student who livestreamed her onboard protest against the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker will go on trial on Monday.

Swedish student to face trial after anti-deportation protest that stopped flight
Elin Ersson. File photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

Elin Ersson will appear at Gothenburg District Court, charged with violating Sweden’s Aviation Act.

Ersson protested in July last year against the Swedish government's policy of deporting some rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan by boarding an Istanbul-bound flight that carried an Afghan man who was to be returned home after being denied asylum.

With a ticket for the flight that was purchased by the activist group 'Sittstrejken i Göteborg', the activist boarded the aircraft and then refused to sit down until the Afghan man was let off. Flights are not allowed to take off until all passengers are safely in their seats.

Ersson livestreamed her protest on Facebook, where it was viewed over five million times.

Eventually, Ersson was told that the man would be let off the plane and she was also removed by airport security.

According to the prosecutor in the trial, which will take place Monday, Ersson acknowledges her actions in the incident but said her objections were based on her morals and argues that she did not act illegally as the plane was not in the air at the time of her protest.

“I believe that she is guilty of a crime which I can prove and which she will not admit. The court will therefore determine this,” prosecutor James von Reis told TT when charges were brought against the student.

In an interview with the news agency in July last year, Ersson was asked how she sees the view that her actions can be considered criminal.

“The key issue for me is that the man who was to be deported is human and deserves to live. In Sweden we do not have the death penalty, but deportation to a country which is at war can mean death,” she said.

The trial is expected to be completed within one day and Ersson’s defence has sent supplementary evidence to the court.

That consists of a legal statement by Dennis Martinsson, a lawyer in criminal law at Stockholm University. In the 13-page statement, Martinsson argues that the Aviation Act is phrased in a way which makes it questionable whether it is applicable to what Ersson did.

According to the legal expert, the relevant paragraph only applies to requests made by the aircraft’s commanding officer. Investigation of the incident found that Ersson was instructed to take her seat by “cabin crew on board”.

Further, the law states that criminal liability applies to passengers who do not comply with instructions “during a flight”, a description which Martinsson argues cannot be applied to an aircraft on the ground waiting to depart.

There is no precedent in interpretation of the law, he also writes according to TT’s summary.

The extent to which those arguments will affect the outcome of Monday’s case remains to be seen.

The penalty for violation of the Aviation Act is a fine or imprisonment for a maximum of six months.

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