Danish ‘Skam’ fans invade Oslo school in hopes of seeing stars

Just how popular is the Norwegian youth series ‘Skam’ in Denmark? Enough that the Hartvig Nissen school in Oslo that serves as the show’s setting has been overrun by Danish fans.

Danish 'Skam' fans invade Oslo school in hopes of seeing stars
Danish fans go to the school hoping to see Chris (Ina Svenningsdal), Eva (Lisa Teige), Sana (Iman Meskini) Vilde (Ulrikke Falch) or Noora (Josefine Frida Pettersen). Photo: NRK
The school has had so many Danish fans come to the school to get a first-hand experience of the show that it has had to take measures to keep the unwanted tourists out. 
Denmark’s Radio24syv reported that there have been several instances of Danish fans going on a ‘Skam’ safari and parking themselves outside the school’s classrooms in hopes of meeting actors from the series. 
“Teachers have been instructed that if they see unauthorized people in the building, they should politely ask them to leave,” the school’s headmaster, Hanna Norum Eliassen, told the Danish radio station. 
“We try to get things to function normal here every day and it is a bit unfortunate when our students leave their classroom and run into Danish tourists,” she added. 
Eliassen said there have been “several incidents” in which “a handful of Danes” have lurked outside one of the classrooms hoping to see actors from the popular series. Sometimes it happens multiple times per week. 
’Skam’ has been incredibly popular in the other Nordic nations, but has particularly struck a chord with Danes. Thus far, they are the only ones to frequently appear at the school. 
“I ran into a single Swede but 90 percent of those we have met over the past year have been from Denmark. They have taken the Oslo boat, which we call the ‘Danes’ boat’, and ‘Skam’ is the recent for their visit, Eliassen told Radio24syv. 
The headmaster said the show’s success has been a double-edged sword. 
“We think it's nice that ‘Skam’ has been a success in Denmark, but we try to avoid people going into our building,” she said. 
Although she said there have not been any unpleasant incidents involving the Danish fans, the school has now decided to not let them in during school hours. 
It was recently announced that ‘Skam’ would return for a fourth season in the spring. An American remake is also in the works

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Why has Denmark made a children’s TV show about the ‘world’s longest penis’?

The everyday adventures of new Danish kids' TV character John Dillermand like walking the dog or going to the zoo might not look like the stuff of scandal -- if the tales didn't often revolve around his oversized penis.

Why has Denmark made a children’s TV show about the 'world's longest penis'?
An image from the first episode of 'John Dillermand'. Photo: DR/Louise Bergholt Sørensen

Even in one of the world's most progressive countries, the stories of the man with “the world's longest willy” have sparked debate about just what is appropriate for children in the programme's target audience of four- to eight-year-olds.

“We think it's important to be able to tell stories about bodies,” public broadcaster DR posted on Facebook Tuesday.

“In the series, we recognise (young children's) growing curiosity about their bodies and genitals, as well as embarrassment and pleasure in the body.”

Broadcast on kids' channel Ramasjang, the first of Dillermand's 13 episodes has already been watched 140,000 times since it was released on January 2nd.

His extra-long member is often key to the wacky situations in which he finds himself at one point floating over the city thanks to balloons tied to his tackle.

“It's a very Danish show. We have a tradition to push the limits and use humour and we think it's totally normal,” education expert Sophie Munster told AFP.

With some members of the public posting outrage online, far-right MP Morten Messerschmidt attacked the show in a Facebook post.

“I don't think looking at adult men's genitalia should be turned into something normal for children. Is this what you call public service?” he fumed.

Munster argued however: “The debate is from an adult perspective, in which the long penis is sexualised. Children have a different perspective.

“The size of the penis is exaggerated so much, children realise it's a joke.”

The series can be watched via broadcaster DR's website.

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