People are calling out the unfair standard to which women are held and are dancing in solidarity with the prime minister.
Hundreds of women from Finland and neighboring countries are posting videos of themselves partying in solidarity with the Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who is being shamed for partying. A video of Marin dancing wildly at a private party was shared online leading and many people are outraged by the "scandal." Sanna Marin, 36, was seen partying with friends and enjoying herself in a private VIP room of a well-known club in Helsinki, reported The Guardian. Apparently, people have taken issue with a country's leader appearing to enjoy herself. Some have argued that it is unbecoming of the position she holds.
"I have a family life, I have a work life and I have free time to spend with my friends. Pretty much the same as many people my age," Marin said, reported Finnish outlet Yle. Many women who are too familiar with being character assassinated for expressing themselves and held to an unfair standard are rallying to show support for the prime minister. Opposition also raised concerns about Marin consuming drugs at the party. Marin dismissed the allegations by taking a drug test and stated that the results would validate her stance. A government statement confirmed that "no drugs were found" in her system. The goverment also clarified that Sanna Marin had paid for the tests as well. Special adviser Iida Vallin said Marin's urine sample had been tested for cocaine, amphetamines, cannabis and opioids, reported BBC.
What is it about the powerful intelligent attractive young woman enjoying herself that so bothers the gammon?— Amanda Ferguson (@AmandaFBelfast) August 19, 2022
Solidarity with #SannaMarin who is apparently not allowed to *check notes* dance with her mates. 😂
Marin said she had every right to "dance, sing, hug my friends and drink alcohol.” She called out those who were reinforcing the idea that a leader shouldn't express themselves and enjoy themselves in private. “I hope that in the year 2022 it’s accepted that even decision-makers dance, sing and go to parties,” said Marin, 36. Women in Finland are posting videos of themselves dancing, drinking and singing to back their prime minister.
“Solidarity with Sanna”— Megha Mohan (@meghamohan) August 20, 2022
Women in Finland are posting videos of themselves partying while tagging Prime Minister Sanna Marin. pic.twitter.com/Bl1M4r0bky
One of the popular videos on social media is a compilation of women employees of the Danish weekly women's magazine Alt for Damerne dancing and partying to support the prime minister. "Our first idea was to write a column or editorial but then we thought, let's do this with some kind of humor and show that we all have those clips on our camera roll that wasn't supposed to see the light of day," Editor-in-Chief Rikke Dal Støttrup told NPR.
If you have a problem that a female politician is dancing with friends during her week-end, then YOU have a problem, not this politician. We should even dance more, independently gender or age.💃🕺= better working afterwards. #RightToDisconnect #RightToDance #solidaritywithsanna pic.twitter.com/haekCFzqhL— Tilly Metz MEP (@MetzTilly) August 22, 2022
Rixt Van Dongera, a public affairs coordinator from the Netherlands, also posted a video of herself at the Lowlands Festival. "I wanted to support her and all our rights to be an individual next to her extremely busy job and have fun with her friends," she said. Marin was the world's youngest head of government when she was elected as Finland's prime minister in 2019. Montenegrin Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic currently holds that title. Marin has made no secret about her joy at partying, having often been seen dancing at music festivals. She was even dubbed the "coolest prime minister in the world" by German news outlet Bild.