Few issues in today’s world are more contentious than whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza. One world leader, however, has drawn his line in the sand. As Iceland Magazine reports, President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson last week visited a high school in the northern Iceland town of Akureyri. During his visit, students quizzed him about his personal life — who he roots for in the English premiere league, for instance (Manchester United, if you were wondering).
Then, he dropped the bomb.
When asked his opinion on that most contentious topping, Guðni said he was “fundamentally opposed” to pineapple on pizza, before going a step further and saying he would ban pineapple on pizza altogether, were he given the power to pass laws alone.
Of course, word got out and people around the globe took to social media to chip in their two cents.
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On Tuesday, Guðni took to Facebook to address the controversy. In his statement, he clarified that he did not, in fact, have the power to impose an arbitrary dietary law over his entire country:
“I like pineapples, just not on pizza. I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don’t like. I would not want to live in such a country. For pizzas, I recommend seafood.”
Guðni, a former history professor, seems to be weathering the storm just fine. As of the last polling, he holds an approval rating of 97 percent.