Mommy, who’s the scary man in glasses?

I pray you are not Hungarian or else I shall be forced to eat you!

Who is Corneliu Vadim Tudor? Ah, good question! Who isn’t he is the better question though!

Actually he’s the president and perennial leader of the PRM political party otherwise known in English as the “Romania is AWESOME Party”. And folks, let me tell you, this guy puts the party in political party! LOL

Corneliu Vadim Tudor, known as CVT to his friends (and I consider myself his BFF naturally – oh how the hours fly by as we swap and compare different crazy styles of sunglasses) is actually Romania’s funniest comedian. Romania is a small land.. and comedians are hard to come by. But this guy is the best! I saw him at the Just For Yuks comedy club down in Tirgiu Jiu and he totally has this whole bit where he comes out yelling and pounding his fists and spittle flying from his prodigious jowls, screaming and ranting about mafia and thieves and how Hungarians are secretly running everything. Hilarious!!!

Oh wait, that’s actually his “serious” political platform LOL

True story: in early 2007 I was living in a little village in the mountains and the only channel we could get on TV was TVR1 so we watched whatever came on. And there was this old lady there and every single time CVT came on the TV and went into one of his Fidel Castro slash Nikita Kruschev tirades, SHE would get just as worked up and fired up and zealous and nutball as CVT. Watching CVT is awesome. Watching CVT with a fired-up insane old villager lady is PRICELESS!

I think just about every European country (including Merry Olde England) has a super racist, nationalistic ultra-patriotic political party. Well Romania’s is PRM. It’s fun for laughs but that’s only because they have no power.

For instance, many moons ago when I first came to Cluj, the local mayor was a PRM lunatic by the name of Gheorghe Funar. Complete psychopath. Just went bonkers. Every last scrap of public land, buildings, lightbulbs, walls, park benches you name it, he had painted in the Romanian colors (red, yellow, blue). It was like a psychedelic trip on some very, very bad acid.

If that weren’t enough, he was also a useless mayor. He almost bankrupted the town with the Caritas scheme and also chased away Coca-Cola, who ended up building their big factory near Oradea instead.

Good news though is Funar is most mostly retired and spends his days shouting at the walls for being Hungarian traitors. And CVT gets about 3 votes every presidential election. Whew!

Seriously though, don’t miss CVT’s shows! He’ll be playing at Caroline’s until next Tuesday and then at the Improv all next month!

7 thoughts on “Mommy, who’s the scary man in glasses?

  1. Roumanie Le Se9nat interdit le maiarge des couples homos Les se9nateurs roumains ont formellement interdit ce matin, mercredi 13 fe9vrier, les maiarges homosexuels, en adoptant un amendement au code de la famille. Selon le nouveau texte, la famille est fonde9e sur le maiarge librement consenti entre un homme et une femme , et non plus entre e9poux , comme cela figurait dans le code en vigueur depuis 1953.Les initiateurs de l’amendement, membres de quatre partis de la coalition au pouvoir comme de l’opposition, ont justifie9 cette modification par la ne9cessite9 de de9fendre l’institution de la famille . Pour le peuple roumain, pour la langue roumaine, le maiarge a toujours e9te9 l’union entre un homme et une femme, a affirme9 le se9nateur social-de9mocrate Serban Nicolae, en assurant que cet amendement n’enfreint aucune norme europe9enne . Le se9nateur de l’Union de9mocratique des Magyars (UDMR) Gyorgy Frunda a toutefois mis en garde contre l’ impact de cet amendement, qui risque selon lui de valoir e0 la Roumanie des proce8s devant la Cour europe9enne des droits de l’Homme (CEDH) de Strasbourg et estime9 que cette question ne devrait pas eatre tranche9e en l’absence d’un de9bat approfondi avec la socie9te9 civile. Il a par ailleurs rappele9 que le Parlement avait eu besoin de dix ans pour de9pe9naliser les relations homosexuelles, et ce uniquement e0 la suite des pressions du Conseil de l’Europe , en 2001. Cet amendement, adopte9 par la commission juridique du Se9nat la semaine dernie8re, avait aussitf4t e9te9 critique9 par l’organisation Human Rights Watch, qui avait estime9 qu’il repre9sente une menace e0 l’encontre des couples homosexuels et une insulte e0 l’adresse des progre8s re9alise9s jusqu’ici par la Roumanie dans la lutte contre les discriminations . Il doit encore eatre de9battu par la Chambre des de9pute9s.Copyright, 13/2/2008


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