When Timo Soini met Ridge Forrester

Kirjoittaja on New Yorkissa varttunut ja Helsingissä naisistunut copywriter.

I’ve seen some crazy s**t in my lifetime. Of course the craziest was when you “won” the presidential election on November 8th. But a close second happened in 2006 when I was backstage at my friend Tuomas’s TV show, Tuomas & Juuso Experience.

Among the show’s guests that night were Timo Soini, then an MP and head of the not-yet-popular populist Finns Party, and Ron Moss, a.k.a. Ridge Forrester from the Bold and the Beautiful.

As I took a sip of the beer I’d just opened, I watched Timo walk over and introduce himself to Ridge. The conversation went something like this: “Hello! I’m Timo Soini, the future president of Finland.” Ridge was clearly starstruck: “Oh wow, the president, that’s amazing!

I chugged the rest of my beer and Tuomas and I laughed about that night for years.

Back in 2006, the idea of Timo Soini in a position of political power was almost as ridiculous as the thought of… hmm, let me think… oh yeah, I know – Donald Trump in the White House.