Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Re: Fekete Pákó: Symbol and Victim of Media Hatred for Africans in Hungary

The writer of this rejoinder pleads for anonymity

Well, where should I start? Firstly, I am glad and grateful for encouraging me to express my opinion, meaning you are open-minded and not pompous which is a common journalist disease.

I would like to tell you that your article has some factual mistakes perhaps due to lack of correct information. One fact is that "Hungarian media" and "most Hungarian journalists" do not care about Fekete Pákó to the smallest extend at all. What you refer to as Hungarian media should be referred to as Hungarian gossip media (tabloids and commercial TVs).

If you write Pákó in the Google, you will not see a link from Népszabadság or Magyar Nemzet or hvg or any significant, traditional newspaper or magazine, but only tabloids. No serious Hungarian writer would go and question Pákó on African lifestyle, on what they eat and so on. On the other hand, you are right about those journalists that do use Pákó as an interview subject; but in fact, as we both know, that is the way – though disgusting. The tabloid writers and RTL reporters work in this manner from the world go. That is not typical Hungarian at all; it is typical tabloid and gossip show and paparazzi etc.

Yes, the low life folks that greedily chew on sex life of Pákó and on what flesh Africans eat might declare him to be the most popular African in Hungary, perhaps only for them.

Moreover, Pákó does not play any Hungarian folklore. His style has nothing to do with Hungarian folklore, which has about 500 year’s tradition. It is not played with synthesizer and not sung with incorrect pronunciation and not performed with glittering jeans and western cowboy boots; does not contain the songs he sings. His style is called "Lakodalmas rock" which is of course not rock, but a genre arose in the late 80's by small bands playing at weddings.

I have the impression that Pákó is painting a false picture of Hungarian journalists. Meanwhile I wish those Nigerians that display and symbolize African values, like Tunde for example, would not be going to Fábri show to tell the showman that "in Africa, you can have four wives and stuff like that. Instead they should air their views in serious media so they will be correctly portrayed to the Hungarian public.

On the symbolism of Pákó, I think that Pákó could not be a symbol of anything in Hungary unless the symbol of silliness, to be polite. Did you see how he was "inaugurated" to be Hungarian? pákó magyarrá avatása - totally ridiculed. Also can be seen in youtube, he made such a fool of himself in legyen ön is milliomos, with his performance. Honestly, sometimes I feel that I am more African than some of you guys. I am joking of course, but on the serious side, how could a former university student - even if being a drop-out - not know about Mir Space station and about what countries are in the continent?

And such person should be an icon? No. Neither do I think he is a victim. Once you decide you want to be a tabloid star, with common sense, you should expect silly provocative questions but you are expected to handle them well. Definitely not by saying yes, we eat human flesh. So I think comparing Pákó with corrupt African politicians in your article is a bit "lame". Those politicians are endlessly evil; Pákó is not evil but only stupid.

Well we can not say whether or not Hungarians like him, since no one ever made a public opinion poll about this. Smiling and admiring him on the street might be a common reflex of "wow-I-am-seeing-a-celebrity". However, all I can say is that he cannot be taken seriously with this genre by educated people. Most likely, he is not popular amongst those. You see, it is always more people going for the low quality and drink cheap pálinka than a bottle of szeremley wine. That does not mean that pálinka is better. Meanwhile, no harm meant at all for Pákó. At least I was happy to see that he apologized in the naija event.

Finally, I hope Pákó will eventually get more serious, and I also pity him for not having found a way to introduce his authentic musical culture instead of the "dadidedadidi" and so on. But if it is good for him, it is fine with me.

This rejoinder is a chat with the author who simply wants to remain anonymous. I grant the request because the submission provides some fact I believe the readers should know...Hakeem

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