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The pre-election campaign in Greece is obsessed by Conchita Wurst

12 May 2014 / 15:05:47  GRReporter
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Winner of the 59th edition of Eurovision Conchita Wurst will certainly remain in the contest’s history. Her eccentric appearance and poor song, according to many fans, have given rise to a lot of discussions that are not about to subside any time soon.
 
In Greece, however, where the pre-election campaign is entering the final stretch of the first round of local elections that will take place this Sunday, Conchita has become an inspiration for political satire.

An example of this is a caricature by Dimitris Handzopoulos in "Ta Nea" newspaper, hinting at the ruling coalition. It presents two husbands having the following dialogue:

- New Democracy is the girl and PASOK the beard.

- What do you mean?

- I mean that Europe unwittingly voted for Greece.

A lot of funny photo collages have appeared on the social networks, openly sending messages to the major players on the Greek political scene. The editors of the online "observatory" on Facebook have mercy on noone.

One of their collages is a satire of PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, who last week threatened that if "Elia" ("Olive") coalition, which involves his party, did not receive enough support in the European elections, it would probably withdraw from the government and Greece would thus end up in a governmental crisis. The collage shows him with a beard and braids that are particularly reminiscent of the Gallic warrior Obelix whom we know from the comic book about Asterix.

"You are wondering whether to vote for "Elia" but you have gone so far as to vote for someone like Conchita. What else should I do?" asks Venizelos with his fists clenched.

The criticism does not omit SYRIZAs leader either. "I support Tsipras as a "two-in-one" type of President of the European Commission, as both a supporter of Europe and rebel against it". This is Conchita’s message to the candidate of the European Left. The collage shows the Austrian diva in a T-shirt that depicts her as Ernesto Che Guevara.

The recently traditional slogan of the Greek Left "Peoples of Europe rebel" is the theme of the next collage inspired by the Greek participation ín this year's Eurovision. Instead of performers Freaky Fortune and RiskyKidd, and gymnast Arthur Yeremyan, flying over the trampoline it presents Alexis Tsipras, current General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece Dimitris Koutsoumbas and its former one Aleka Papariga.

The three of them jump in the air and the creators of the collage play with the meaning of the names of the true performers of the song. Freaky Fortune was renamed Friki Fortune (where "friki" means horror) and RiskyKidd "Pou ta vriskei" kid, where the phrase means "How he thinks (of these mottos - author’s note)."

The last of the comic collages ridicules not only the threat of SYRIZA to overturn the political situation in Europe but also the piety of some users who believe in omens and prophecies.

It shows Conchita wearing a monastic hat and sending the message, "You will be watching Eurovision until you are exhausted but you will be preparing to defeat Europe." It indicates "Father Konchitios" as author of the prophecy after the example of "Father Pastitsios", the Facebook profile, whose author ridiculed the predictions and prophecies attributed to monk Paisios.

It is worth noting that the blogger was sentenced to 10 months for blasphemy, although in his pleading he emphasized that his goal was not to make fun of the monk but to criticize those who used his words for personal purposes. Some publications in the press claim that later this year the Greek Orthodox Church is about to canonize Father Paisios.

Tags: PoliticsEurovisionConchita WurstPolitical satireGreek politicians
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