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Series: Grotesco
Grotesco is a group of Swedish comedians, with their own television series of the same name. Famous for the song "Bögarnas Fel" (The Gay Men's Fault,) which was included not only in their series but also in the TV show Allsång På Skansen ("Singalong at Skansen"). Lots of clips from the series can be found on YouTube.

Examples are split among individual songs/clips that have at least four tropes. Examples from songs/clips that don't yet meet that requirement go into their own generic category at the bottom.


The Gay Men's Fault

The song is about how everything is the gay men's fault. And by everything we mean everything. More to the point, the song is about a cult preaching this message. The cult is a strange mix between Westboro Babtist Church and certain Swedish organizations and politicians. One of the singers is the cult leader, a pastor named ”Krister From” — his name means ”pious”, and probably referring to a conservative religious politician named Sacredeus.

The video exists in two versions. One takes place during a staged political debate, the other is a part of a very popular singalong show. (Both versions has subtitles, but for the second version you need to click the subtitle button at the bottom right.)

  • Activist Fundamentalist Antics: Interupting the debate/show to start singing about how they blame the gay men for everything.
  • Aggressive Categorism: Everything bad is caused by the gays. Even when it's not.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The gays caused the war in Afghanistan and are tempting people to steal office supplies.
  • As the Good Book Says: The pastor doesn't know what line, verse, chapter or part of The Bible it is that says that everything is the gays' fault, but he's sure that it's in there somewhere.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Averted, since they don't bother to give any arguments for why everything is the gay men's fault.
  • Easy Evangelism: Studio version only has the female journalist getting convinced and joining the cult.
  • Evil Is One Big Happy Family: Religious fundamentalists of various faiths, singing together in unison about how none of them are to blame for the fact that they keep murdering each other and others in the name of religion. Nope, it's all the gay men's fault.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Parodied.
  • Pride Parade: Singalong version only — the event takes place during the pride festival, and there are people waving pride flags in the video.
  • Scapegoat: All gay men.
  • Windmill Crusader: The protagonists.
  • Windmill Political: The imaginary gay problem, imagined to cause all real and imagined problems of the world.
  • You Are What You Hate: In both videos, the pastor is implied to be gay himself. This is done in different ways:

Thou Shalt Never [untranslatable] With Thy Lord Jesus Christ

This video is about a troubled young man who gets Saved by an encounter with a preacher who is holding a sermon about a social/moral problem relevant to the young man's life. Strictly formula. Unlike ordinary gospel tracts, however, the problem handled is of the juvenile kind. A game called ”Runka Bulle”. This game is an old Jerk Jock stereotype. It has homoerotic as well as homophobic undertones: The winners get their dominance and manlieness reinforced, while the loser is implied to be a disgusting faggot. The preacher is preaching that you must never play this game with Jesus Christ – because Jesus is Thy Lord, so he always win.

Other songs/clips

  • Alien Abduction: In one episode, the hero is on his way home with some cheese for his wife's birthday (knowing that she'll be very upset if he doesn't give her any this year) when he suddenly gets beamed up and drafted to save the galaxy.
  • Comedic Spanking: Studio version only has the female journalist getting spanked by the pastor. He uses a book for this, probably supposed to be a bible or book of psalms.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: One episode claims that Adolf Hitler never existed as an individual person, he was simply the supervillain alter ego of the previous king of Sweden. And thus, the current king is the son of the real Adolf Hitler.
  • Happiness Is Mandatory: Pretty much every clip ends with a message that this humor is national and approved by the government of Sweden, implying that it is your duty as a citizen to laugh at it.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Featured in the conspiracy theory clip, as well as the clip about Hitler's bachelor party.


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