CeeLo took himself all the way to Hungary to be a part of the opening show for the FINA championship, the World Championships for aquatics sports: swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo.
He was the headline act and Hungary is hosting this awesome international event.
But on the starting night, a high-level member of the ruling Fidesz party showed just how backward this country is when it comes down to the politics of race by using a racial slur live on TV and having the host agree with him.
This is a country’s ruling party that is vehemently rejecting refugees using rhetoric that their country needs to stay white, one that recently ran a hate campaign against George Soros and hinted at him being Jewish as part of the problem.
And this is what happened here according to the Budapest Beacon…
Propagandists for the ruling party Fidesz, Zsolt Bayer and István Lovas, reflected on the opening of the FINA World Swimming Championships on their EchoTV show Sajtóklub Monday with some choice words and racial slurs.
The show typically consists of pro-government propagandists patting each other on the back, praising the government, complaining about Hungary’s seemingly non-existent opposition, and promulgating conspiracy theories. This particular episode was no different, except for some especially hateful comments from Lovas and Bayer.
After complaining about the “opposition press’” reporting on the opening of the FINA championship, Lovas said he could have done without “that fat n*gger who was singing,” referring to headliner CeeLo Green. Bayer agreed.
Bayer went on to complain about some media treatment of the opening ceremony which criticized some of the folk elements of the performances.
“[The opposition media] is stuck on why we have to show Hungarian history, hussars and this kind of kitsch. What should we really be presenting at a world championship opening in Hungary? What, really? ‘Gender boys’ or what? What would all these animals like to see?”
Lovas’ racist comment about Green employed the Hungarian word néger which, like its English equivalent, was once used openly to refer to people of African origin. While still in common use in Hungary, the word is considered pejorative: since 2003 néger has been included in the Hungarian Interpretive Dictionary as a pejorative term.
And the video below, you can hear the slur if you listen close.
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