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The Iranian-Norwegian’s success comes out. Norway’s former 2012 Eurovision hope recently "came out" as gay and as a published author too. Taki & Grandma is Tooji's first book, a work for children from 3 years of age about death.  The social welfare worker and model has opinions on Norwegian parenting. “I’ve seen how important emotional competence is through my work with children as a teacher in kindergarten, at after-school activities (SFO), and consultant in child protection cases. Children need tools from an early age to be able to organize and process emotions,” he told me. 

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The Iranian-Norwegian’s success comes out

Published on Thursday, 11th June, 2015 at 13:38 under the entertainment category, by Tove Andersson.
Last Updated on 1st July 2015 at 10:29.

Norway’s former 2012 Eurovision hope recently "came out" as gay and as a published author too.

Tooji
“I’ve seen how important emotional competence is through my work with children as a teacher in kindergarten," he says.Tooji
Photo: Tove Andersson


Taki & Grandma is Tooji's first book, a work for children from 3 years of age about death.  The social welfare worker and model has opinions on Norwegian parenting.

“I’ve seen how important emotional competence is through my work with children as a teacher in kindergarten, at after-school activities (SFO), and consultant in child protection cases. Children need tools from an early age to be able to organize and process emotions,” he told me. 

Tooji has observed that Norwegian parents are much more concerned for their children regarding how early they learn skills rather than their emotional development.

He believes talking with children, giving them "keys" to cope with difficult emotions from a young age, is important. So important, that his first book is about death, in a very subtle way.

The artist and author came to Norway from Iran’s Shiraz when he was one year old. His grandmother passed away early in his life, but he says he knew her as she visited him in his dreams.

He showed an early talent for drawing, received scholarships to eastern Oslo’s Olav Mosebekk drawing school when he was 12. But then other interests took over, such as singing for Norway in the 2012 European Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Tooji’s modeling, being headhunted for MTV, and his obvious talents in dancing and singing, meant he was propelled onto the stage without much experience. His song Stay, a catchy Persian-inspired pop song did not achieve success, however. Rumors of his sexual preference were out, but Tooji had not come out yet.

The Norwegian with Iranian roots has now planned a series about the longhaired, blond, cartoon-like "Taki", with each book about different emotions.

That is not all, however. His recently-released YouTube video Father, a sexually- explicit video for the song, has stirred up the Norwegian Church establishment, propelling him into the limelight once again. Bishop of Oslo Ole Christian Kvarme condemned the video, accusing its producers of misinforming the church about the video’s contents.

Tooji is now no longer the host of NRK’s Eurovision-like children’s program MGP Jr., telling broadcaster TV2 that he was “disappointed that the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombudsman has not entered the debate [about the pop video].”

Priest Gyrid Gunnes supports the work, however, comparing Tooji’s use of the church with Russia’s “Pussy Riot".

“The church space is not a neutral space, but has blessed heterosexual love for 500 years,” she said, adding that the video show "beautiful gay love".

“It’s intended to get people to react, just like Madonna did with BlackJesus,” Tooji explained.

He will be performing Father and his 8th May-released L.Y.S. (Love Yourself), a work about loving and accepting oneself at Oslo Pride’s opening show in Oslo’s main street on 24th June, and the 27th June parade.

Father has been adopted as the gay festival’s anthem.




Published on Thursday, 11th June, 2015 at 13:38 under the entertainment category, by Tove Andersson.
Last updated on 1st July 2015 at 10:29.

This post has the following tags: tooji, esc, gay, video.





  
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