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Porn Convention Riles Reykjavik

Cindy Loose

Either no one in Austria realized that online pornographers were holding a convention there last year, or no one cared. The citizens of Iceland are taking quite a different view.

According to Travel Wire News, many Icelanders who read about this year's planned convention for early March in Reykjavik were up in arms and demanded that their government do something.

The government wasn't clear about what it could do, although the mayor told police they should investigate every convention-goer for ties to kiddie porn. Meanwhile, the hotel hosting the convention, the Radisson Sas Saya, decided to cancel the reservations of those registered for the convention.

Disappointed porn conventioneers complained the cancellations are an abridgement of their rights. They'd planned ordinary events like snowboarding and sightseeing, but hadn't ruled out the possiblity that some of those attending might want to shoot a film or two (they said they would have done so discreetly).

The porn trip-planners also poke at Iceland's recent decision to resume whaling. Their site shows a picture of porn stars, fully clothed and smiling, and a picture of a dead whale, and asks: Which is worse? Porn stars voluntarily having a good time, or endangered whales slaughtered against their will?

They also claim to have nothing to do with kiddie porn.

Opinions, anyone?

By Cindy Loose |  February 26, 2007; 4:10 PM ET  | Category:  Cindy Loose , The Odd File
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Well there goes any potential they had of wooing my tourism dollars!

Posted by: deadbird | February 26, 2007 4:44 PM

Wow, what a bunch of facists.

Investigate all convention goers for ties to kiddy porn, just because the activity bringing tourist dollars to the middle of nowhere has the word porn in it.

Lets brand them all, make them where armbands, or better yet, inscribe them all with "scarlet letters".

Perfectly fine to slaughter whales though, nothing morally wrong with that.

Posted by: Lord Demon | February 26, 2007 5:01 PM

I find it really hard to get upset about the cancellation. The porn industry isn't illegal, but there's no doubt it traffics in human misery at some level and in some places. I don't blame Icelanders for not wanting this convention, anymore than I'd blame them for opposing an ExxonMobil or WalMart board meeting. Bottomfeeders can always find a place to meet, but it doesn't upset me that Iceland would decline to be that place.

The whale hunting doesn't bother me either.

Posted by: csdiego | February 26, 2007 5:01 PM

Iceland shouldn't care unless they are doing porn with whales. If they do then people will post on about how wrong this is.

Posted by: | February 26, 2007 5:34 PM

They need to go to Vegas, baby! What goes on there stays there. A porn convention in Las Vegas wouldn't even register on any screen there.

Posted by: Tim | February 26, 2007 8:01 PM

Why doesn't the whaling bother you? Hasn't it become increasingly obvious to anyone paying attention that humanity most certainly has the ability to negatively impact the world's environment? And do you not believe that removing a vital component of the food chain will have terrible results? I can accept that you don't find the killing of an animal immoral per se, but don't you have the rational desire to maintain the health of your own biosphere?

Posted by: ckenjones | February 26, 2007 8:17 PM

I think porn is base, and whaling is cruel. How does one equate the two without contrivance? The "issue" shows how far out of the darkness mankind needs to rise. Stop violence, stop sex obsession, stop being base.

Posted by: Greg | February 26, 2007 8:45 PM

Porn is no more stupid and base than the rest of the media output (television, newspapers, radio), but I agree that a hotel does not have to encourage any business that is contrary to their societal values. Let the Icelandic people live according to their values and let the Hollywood porn crowd live in their diverse cosmopolitan cities.

Posted by: Steve | February 26, 2007 8:56 PM

Whaling is sick. Time to aim the harpoons against the hypocrits in Iceland.

Posted by: Joe | February 26, 2007 9:22 PM

Which is worse? Porn stars? Fully clothed? Smiling? Or a dead whale? :)

Posted by: Tomcat | February 27, 2007 12:00 PM

Comments like the aforegoing are what happens when you give crazy people anything sharper than crayons.

Iceland is a very small and homogeneous island nation that has lived in isolation in a large sea for a long time. Yet despite this, they have done a rather good job of absorbing the modern world without fracture. Part of the reason for this is that they know who they are, and they have kept their values intact.

I suspect they simply don't much give a damn what nutjobs on the left and right in the United States think of them. But think about this: a small society has remained as civil as the Icelanders are while surrounded by a large sea for more than a thousand years. Think Bjork. Or better, just think. Gee. Civility. What a concept!

And by the way, what the f*** do whaling and pornography have to do with each other? Oh, God, they're having second thoughts about letting a convention of pornographers and their fans flood a city of 100,000, and they whale, too!!! Puh-leeze.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2007 12:01 PM

I agree with the Icelanders. They shouldn't have to welcome the porn people! They have plenty of other people as tourists anyway. And give it a rest about the whales - Iceland is overall doing much better environmentally that most other countries, this one definitely included.

Posted by: Mara | February 28, 2007 8:52 PM

What a bunch of hypocrites! Apparently, the Icelanders don't want to let people that they consider "bad" into their country. I don't think Icelanders have such a high morals standards and these actions just make them look like hypocrites. What was the purpose of trying to stop these people from coming to Iceland? These people would of course neither have increased the supply nor the demand of porn in Iceland. Were the Icelanders afraid that many Icelandic women would use this opportunity to try to get a role in an adult movie? Was the purpose just to punish people considered "bad" by not letting them party in Iceland? If politicians want to hinder certain type of people from coming to Iceland they should just make appropriate laws.
Iceland has to be the most fascist country in Europe. I can't imagine this happening anywhere else in Europe. In addition to people linked to porn, who are on the "bad people" list and not welcome tourists in Iceland?

Posted by: John | March 15, 2007 9:53 PM

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