How did Fenriz, the frontman of Norwegian black metal band Darkthrone, become a local politician by accident? He once said he can empathise with the master of social embarrassment, Larry David, and the reason for that is becoming clear.
Speaking to the website CLRVNT, he explained that the local council of his hometown Kolbotn in Norway had asked him to stand and he absent-mindedly agreed, assuming it would never come to anything: “They called and asked if I wanted to be on the list [of back-up representatives]. I said, “Yeah”, thinking I would be, like, 18th on the list and I wouldn’t really have to do anything.”
But he did do something: he knocked up a campaign poster. The poster read: “Please don’t vote for me.” Unfortunately, Fenriz included a picture of an adorable cat, which we all know is – ironically– catnip to the internet.
“But people just went nuts,” he said of the reaction to his campaign. “After the election, the boss called me and told me I was a representative.” Fenriz explained that he was unhappy with the development, which means he now has to stand in for councillors when they’re absent: “I have to go sit there and feel stupid among the straight people.”
At least Darkthrone fans are chuffed:
A town council with Fenriz elected is a town a want to live in.
— Surb (@Itheus) September 8, 2016
I'm so happy that Fenriz of Darkthrone was voted onto a city council in Norway.
— rachel with ideas (@TrashFlutist) September 8, 2016
I really love that story about Fenriz being voted to his town council and the picture of him with his cat.
— Cheryl C (@Cheryl_Prime) September 9, 2016
There’s just one hole left in this story. What on Earth is the cat’s name? Readers, the cat is called Peanut Butter. Which is appropriate, since Fenriz has found himself in something of a sticky situation.