According to the ruling Fidesz party, a certain Queen hit song could potentially serve as LGBTQ propaganda. This led an opposition politician in parliament to inquire whether Queen should be banned.
Democratic Coalition MP Ágnes Vadai turned the question on János Csák, Cultural Minister: “For example, is the song I Want to Break Free by Queen, and especially the music video, within the value horizon of the Fundamental Law?”
Vadai found this question relevant in light of another recent public incident, concerning the Estonian translation of Fairy Tale Land for Everyone, which was on the stand of the Petőfi Cultural Agency at the Bologna International Book Fair. This book caused quite a stir in Hungary. Szilárd Demeter immediately disbanded the translation support programme. Even though Demeter believes in the importance of freedom of thought, opinion and expression, there is a limit, writes 24.hu.
Vadai wanted to know whether the popular Queen hit song and video clip are against the beliefs of the constitution. Instead of János Csák, Eszter Vitályos answered but did not respond to the question directly.
“The Fundamental Law of Hungary reflects the Christian-conservative values that have defined the history of our country for more than a thousand years in a way that is readable and faithful for everyone,” Vitályos said.
Queen performed in front of 70,000 people in Hungary in 1986. In the video of the 1984 hit I Want to Break Free, Freddie Mercury appears in a fake-boobed top and miniskirt.
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this is utter rubbish. UNDER EU rules freedom of expression is part of the EU constitution. This will be challenged at some point in the Human rights court which leads directly to yet another unnecessary confrontation. You ban something and you make it popular. Hungary ahs never had a thousand years on some judo Christian religious fairy story. The ottoman empire stopped all that and you were all Muslim for nearly 300 years. Or Jewish. There are as many atheist’s as zealots and I dont see the churches packed out with 9.5 million people every Sunday. Its an amazing song and a camp video. Fiduz will have us all wearing black and cancel everything that’s fun. Its this rubbish that is leading the world to mock this beautiful amazing country. These people that concentrate or gay people always have something to hide.
Wow… I thought the Church teaches you to love EVERYONE regardless.
I guess grew up going to the wrong Church.
The Bible doesn’t say “go to church,” nor does it say “love everyone” but it does talk about stoning, among other things.
It was a parody on bl//.y Coronation Street – the world’s longest-running television soap opera …
Our Politicians need enemies – culture wars – stir up visceral emotions. Pretty sad, really.
Be careful what you wish for. Book burnings and edited for Hungary movies, next?