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Iceland s President Apologises For Saying Pineapple Pizza Should Be Banned

Iceland s president has admitted he went too far when he said he wanted to ban pineapple as a topping for pizza in his country.Gudni Johannesson s comments two years ago sparked the debate about the Hawaiian pizza and pushed Brexit into the second place for the most important issue of the day.During a visit to a local high school in February 2017, Johannesson responded to a student s question about pizza by saying he was opposed to the topping and that he would like to ban it.The self-proclaimed inventor of the dish, Canadian chef Sam Panopoulos, intervened and said Johannesson should know better. Panopoulos died at the age of 82 in June 2017.Justin Trudeau, Canada s Prime Minister also hit back in at the time, tweeting his support for the delicious Southwestern Ontario creation and proclaimed he was a member of #TeamPineapple .On Wednesday, Johannesson told Canadian TV show As It Happens: That s where the influence of this office sort of, yeah, got the better of me , adding I went a step too far. After the debate took the world by storm, divided families, created huge Twitter arguments and broke up relationships Johannesson attempted to calm the world in a statement he published on Facebook.He said: 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. Bizarrely, he then said: For pizzas, I recommend seafood , which is arguably more controversial than pineapple.

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