The most hopeful development of the 2022 elections was the invalid homophobic referendum and the 1.5 million Hungarians who cast invalid votes to achieve that.
There is a type of double standard that really bothers me.
After he was ridiculed for seeing gayness into a foodie show the offended Orbánist snowflake doubled down.
A few weeks before the pandemic began the Croatian National Ballet visited Budapest.
The Hungarian Associations of Psychology and Psychiatry released an announcement that the new homophobic law is scientifically wrong and damaging to young people. It was a courageous stance, albeit futile. The government knows perfectly well that they are wrong. And the damage might be the point.
Orbánism – if there is such a thing – is more Putinism Light than an American-style culture war.
Orbán threw in homophobia to distract from the Pegasus-scandal – and learned two things: 1) The Pegasus scandal really hurts him (according to him). 2) The man is improvising. It may not lead to his downfall in 2022. But it is not a sign of an upward trajectory for someone like him.
Campaigning with his own opinion is deadly for a populist. It is the equivalent of an actor who suddenly stops playing his part and demands to be loved for himself. But with a lot more power.
Sometimes I wonder if politicians should be allowed completely free speech.
The new homophobic law is vague enough to give a headache as to how it would be enforced but the government’s mouthpiece has already given us a hint: by attacking TV and cinema that portrays LGBT people.