Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine known for its disrespectful, outrageous caricatures is now mocking at Hungary. According to pestisracok.hu, the magazine, which recently made fun of the victims of the Italian earthquake, focuses on Trianon, gypsies, immigration, the government and our relation with our neighbours. The caricature also suggests that we think that everyone in the world wants to kill us while we’re sleeping and that hatred makes Hungarians happy.
Gáspár Miklós Tamás primarily focuses on the topic of Trianon in the report-like article. The smoking philosopher wearing suspenders says in the cartoon-like writing that the detachment of our territories is the biggest tragedy of the Hungarian nation, thus being the symbol of hatred, which gives us a handle to hate the north, east, south, west, USA, EU, orthodox, immigrants and even the Russians.
They also write that we think that everyone in the world wants to kill us while we’re sleeping and that hatred makes Hungarians happy. The philosopher also talks about how surprised he was at the anti-democratic approach of the right-wing and he recalls an old argument, in which he was called a cosmopolite.
Government spokesman Zoltán Kovács is also depicted in the caricature and he talks about how the government doesn’t want to generate arguments, but it will protect the country even if it causes trouble. Naturally immigrants are also mentioned here along with the border barrier and they compare Viktor Orbán to Nicolas Sarkozy.
They also touch on the subject of the referendum, the constitutional amendment and the opportunity of cooperating with neighbouring countries. Slomó Köves talks about gypsies and the expansion of the right-wing: the orthodox rabbi calls the expression “gypsy crime” the creation of extremists and states that it happens due to misery and hopelessness, in which the biggest minority of Hungary lives. He says that there’s no similar condemnation in connection with Jews yet, but if extremist views gather ground, this will change.
Gergely Kovács, the founder of the Hungarian Two-tailed Dog Party, talks about Donald Trump and says that he could only take the Republican presidential candidate seriously as a comedian. It’s not clear why the notorious magazine started mocking at Hungary now, but one thing is for sure: if they insulted everyone only this much, then half of the world probably wouldn’t be angry at them.
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