Common Sense or Heresy? President of Iceland Says He’d Ban Pineapple as Pizza Topping
The politician took a bold stance on a divisive issue, revealing himself to be an unapologetic pineapplist.
Pineapple may be the most controversial topping in the pizza maker’s ingredients list.
The president of Iceland has taken a bold, if risky, political stance that’s rare among political leaders: He openly admitted recently that he’s anti-pineapple—a low-down, no-good, unapologetic pineapplist, if you will.
According to various media accounts, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson visited a school in Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city—to meet with students and take questions. One child hit him with a query guaranteed to generate headlines, asking where he stood on pineapple as a pizza topping.
The president gave a straightforward answer, admitting that he is “firmly opposed” to topping a pie with the sweet, juicy fruit. Then he even went further: He said that, if it were up to him, pineapple would be banned as a pizza topping nationwide.
Pineapple as a pizza topping has been a sore subject for decades. It’s the topping that has launched a thousand memes and sparked heated debates on Reddit, not to mention pizza-making forums. It’s such an important story that the Huffington Post even called Steve Green himself, publisher of PMQ Pizza Magazine, for comment. Green gamely rose to the defense of pineapple lovers everywhere. “Being against pineapple pizza is like being against Santa Claus,” Green told the site. “There’s really nothing that won’t work on a pizza.”
Johanneson’s wildly controversial stance probably won’t hurt him with voters too much, considering that he boasts an approval rating of 97%. But he’s not in the majority when it comes to pineapples. According to an online poll conducted by Akureyri news site Visier, 60% of local readers like pineapple just fine on their pizza, while 40% find it disgusting.