'Everyone's got a right to dance': The backlash over the Finnish PM having a boogie sucks

'Everyone's got a right to dance': The backlash over the Finnish PM having a boogie sucks

"She's not allowed to let off a bit of steam?"

In case you hadn’t heard, the Prime Minister of Finland came under a bit of fire for the shocking, horrible, inexcusable, downright disgusting act of dancing last week. 

George Breakfast discusses the Prime Minister of Finland's party controversy
George Breakfast discusses the Prime Minister of Finland's party controversy
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A video leaked to the internet of the PM, Sanna Marrin, getting a boogie on with her friends at a private party. Political opponents of hers took this as an opportunity to attack her, accusing her of doing drugs and not behaving like a politician.

Damn being a politician sounds miserable.

Being the number one radio station for dance music in the country, we took some offence to people criticising Marrin for grooving.

“Dancing is a big part of what we do here at George,” said Dean on George Breakfast. “It’s a part of our DNA.”

“We think everyone’s got a right to dance.”

Tammy agreed and said it was pretty ridiculous people aren’t letting a Prime Minister - which has to be one of the most brutal gigs in the world - let off some steam with some mates. 

“I don’t know why people are hating on her. She’s not allowed to let off a bit of steam?” he asked.

“It must be hard being a Prime Minister right?”

“She can’t be the worst leader out there. There’s plenty of them out there that have made really, really stupid mistakes.”

Bloody oath Tammy.

Our very own PM Jacinda Ardern has been known to get down. In the past, she's walked into Labour meetings with Shapeshifter playing, and even gave a Shapey's CD to the royals Meghan and Harry. 

She's even got experience behind the decks herself, having a famous history of mixing, having dropped a set at the Laneway music festival once. 

Jacinda said that when people criticise PMs for trivial things like dancing, it can be dangerous as it means people won't want to become politicians. 

"My one general reflection is that ever since I’ve been in this role, I’ve really had a mind to whether or not we are attracting people to these jobs," she told Associated Press.

"We need people from all walks of life to look to politics and think, ‘that’s a place I feel I can make a positive difference'.

When it comes to the accusation of doing drugs, Marrin took a drug test, which returned negative. She told reporters that she sees nothing wrong with dancing, that it's a normal part of life, and that she’s never touched drugs. 

“I did nothing illegal,” the 36-year-old said in a press conference. “Never in my life, not even in my youth, have I ever used drugs.”

“I have a family life, I have a work life and I have free time to spend with my friends. Pretty much the same as many people my age."

"I am going to be exactly the same person as I have been until now and I hope that it will be accepted.”

In solidarity with their Prime Minister, Finnish women posted videos of themselves dancing, accompanied by the hashtag #solidaritywithsanna.

Shoutout to Sarra for getting a boogie on and everyone else supporting her. As the Beastie Boys once said, “you gotta fight, for your right, to paaaaarty”.