Some military bases in Norway may be shut down. Locals who depend on these bases wanted parliamentarians to listen to their concerns. Instead, Grande seems to have had her mind elsewhere.
She didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on her apparent Pokemon habit. She did, however, tell VG News, "Some of us have heads that listen better when we can do something brain dead on the side."
It's unlike a politician to claim superior powers of one kind or another. We're not used to politicians like that at all here in the US.
Some Norwegians, though, weren't entirely impressed. "It is pure and simple disrespectful to sit and play Pokemon during such a serious hearing," Halvar Rønneberg, the Progress Party's group leader in the Andøy area told state broadcaster NRK.
What's moving is that Grande made no attempt to hide what she was doing. She must have known that the hearing was being filmed, and the footage shows this wasn't some isolated Pokemon Go check-in. She played constantly as others spoke.
She is, of course, not the first parliamentarian caught enjoying digital entertainment during important proceedings. I will never forget the Indonesian antiporn crusader who was caught in parliament viewing porn.