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The great pineapple pizza controversy

 Photo: Stefan Jonasson

Author: Paul Park, Ottawa, ON

 

There are times when a world leader must step up and address the crises facing our planet. Think of Winston Churchill’s “blood, sweat and tears” oration. Think of Franklin Roosevelt’s stirring “a date that will live in infamy” speech following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Think of Nelson Mandela calling for reconciliation as South Africa evolved into a post-apartheid state.
And think of Guðni Th. Jóhannesson denouncing pineapple on pizza. The Icelandic president was quoted as saying it should not be allowed and that he would ban the topping if he could.
The world sat up and took notice. The BBC, The New York Times and The Guardian breathlessly covered the controversy with the depth usually reserved for what Björk wore to the Academy Awards. Guðni was forced to step back a bit.  . . .

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