Egill Einarsson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Egill.
Egill Einarsson
(DJ MuscleBoy)
Also known as Gillz, Gillzenegger, Störe, Stóri G, Big G, Þykki, Þykkeh, G-Man
Born (1980-05-13) 13 May 1980 (age 34)
Origin Iceland
Genres Electronic
Occupation(s) Musician
Associated acts Merzedes Club

Egill "Gillz" Einarsson (born 13 May 1980) is an Icelandic television personality, radio show host, TV and movie star, writer, motivational speaker, bodybuilder / fitness coach, model, DJ and singer. As a musician, he was part of the dance act Merzedes Club in 2008 where he was known as Gillz and Gillzenegger. After the break-up he has continued as a disc jockey known as DJ MuscleBoy. Other stage names that he has used includes Störe, Stóri G, Big G, Þykki, Þykkeh and G-Man.

Media personality[edit]

Egill first became known as a blogger on the now defunct website kallarnir.is in the mid-2000s. Later he wrote columns for the newspaper DV and the magazine Bleikt og blátt, and hosted a radio show on the Icelandic KissFM radio station. His popularity increased as the host of his own TV show Kallarnir, and the author of the lifestyle book Biblía fallega fólksins.[1]

Fitness and lifestyle[edit]

Egill operates the distant fitness training program Fjarþjálfun, and has been an advocate of fitness and a healthy lifestyle. He has written the self-help lifestyle books Mannasiðir Gillz, Lífsleikni Gillz,Heilræði Gillz, and hosted the TV show Mannasiðir Gillz on Stöð 2 in 2011, which was the most popular show among the channel's subscribers.[2]

In November 2011 he criticized the book Bang Iceland by American writer Roosh Vörek, calling it "as wrong as possible."[3]

Musical career[edit]

In Merzedes Club[edit]

He was a member of the techno band Merzedes Club, where he was nicknamed Gillz or Gillzenegger and the band's frontman. The band also included Rebekka, Ceres 4, Gaz-man and Party-Hanz. The band gained extreme notoriety for their unusual stage performances.

Merzedes Club was put by composer and producer Barði Jóhannson in a bid to represent Iceland in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. The band Merzedes Club took part with the song "Ho, Ho, Ho, We say Hey, Hey, Hey" coming runner-up to eventual winner "This Is My Life" by Eurobandið. A series of singles followed in 2008 notably with "Meira frelsi" which was adopted as a signature tune for publicity campaign for Síminn, (previously named Landssíminn), an Icelandic telecommunications company. The song created controversy with some alleging great similarities in the music video to that of "Now You're Gone" from Basshunter. Other Merzedes Club hits included "I Wanna Touch You", "See Me Now" and "Basscop". The band released their album I Wanna Touch You after which it broke up.

DJ MuscleBoy[edit]

After the break-up of the band, Egill Einarsson has continued as a solo disc jockey. His 2014 single "Louder" featuring [4] had gained great popularity in Iceland and in European night venues.

Legal problems[edit]

In December 2011, media reported 31 year old Egill and his fiancée had been accused of raping an 18 year old girl. Egill strongly denied the accusation in a press release, saying he was going to sue the girl for her false accusations. Two new women came forward with rape allegations, one of them a 15 year old girl. The cases were investigated by Reykjavík police, but according to the office of the state prosecutor, the cases were transferred.[5]

The controversy resulted in many repercussions including freezing of a planned TV series Lífsleikni Gillz based on the same titled bestseller by Egill Einarsson published in 2011. Adapted into an Icelandic television series to be broadcast on TV station Stöð 2, it was postponed because of legal problems facing Egill Einarsson. The series has been re-edited for a shorter version to be shown as a feature film in cinema theatres in 2014.[6] It is directed by Hannes Þór Halldórsson and written by Kristófer Dignus, starring Halldór Gylfason, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Úlfar Linnet, Edda Björg Eyjólfsdóttir, Víkingur Kristjánsson, Jóhann G. Jóhannsson and Steindi Jr.

Also because of the controversy, the 2011 Icelandic phone directory featuring Egill on the cover was censored after the accusations were made public.[7][8]

Controversies[edit]

Egill has been criticized for his alleged misogyny. Egill posted several degrading blog articles in 2007 that called feminists "disgusting and mentally ill", saying that they needed to have sex with masculine men so that they'd start behaving "like normal women". He went on to list several politicians and high profile Icelandic women, detailing who they needed to have intercourse with and what sex acts they needed to perform. Drífa Snædal, one of the women mentioned in Egill's blog post, for wanting hospitals to provide unisex clothing for newborns, criticized Egill publicly. Among the things said about Drífa were: "she has never had a hard cock, so we have decided to send Ásgeir, Jamal, Buka and Yao to have sex with her", "it is time to shut her up for good", and "they will stuff her like a holiday turkey" to "make her shut up and behave".[9]

He was the subject of a 2011 University of Iceland article that pointed out his "toxic masculinity" and narcissistic behavior. The article criticized the media for allowing this material to air. Some of the examples used are that he refers to the group of women he casually sleeps with, that he sees as promiscuous, eager to please, or otherwise below him, as "drasl" or "trash". In his writing he is accused of painting women as naive, stupid, and emotion driven creatures. He is cited using current stereotypes as justification for the use and subordination of women. The article discusses the negative effects of Egill's material on develping children, and criticizes the media for excusing or promoting his behavior. It urges the media, parents, and teachers to reconsider Egill's effect on children.[10] Egill has also been criticized for regularly referring to women as "ílát" or "containers", a reference to them being containers for semen.[11]

Egill has been accused of racism, both in his videos and writing. He has released videos such as "How to Behave Around a Black Man". A quote from his book Mannasiðir was criticized for saying: "In the black man's culture it is normal to call women bitches and ho's ... because in the black man's culture it is very important to treat your woman like trash ... they don't give a shit about education and they're too lazy to work but they're really busy with the women. On the other hand, Asian men are studious and good workers, but bad at having intercourse".[12][13]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Biblía fallega fólksins (The Beautiful People's Bible)
  • Mannasiðir Gillz (2010) (Gillz's Manners)
  • Lífsleikni Gillz (2011) (Gillz's Life Skills)
  • Heilræði Gillz (2012) (Gillz's Quality Advices)

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

  • Svartur á leik (English title Black Game) as Sævar K (2012)

Television shows[edit]

  • Kallarnir
  • Wipeout Ísland (Wipeout Iceland)
  • Auddi og Sveppi (Auddi and Sveppi)
  • Ameríski Draumurinn (The American Dream)
  • Mannasiðir Gillz (Gillz's Manners)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

As part of Merzedes Club

Singles[edit]

As part of Merzedes Club
as DJ MuscleBoy
  • 2014: "Louder" (as DJ MuscleBoy featuring StopWaitGo)
  • 2014: "Pump"
  • 2014: "Musclebells"

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