The Agony and the Ecstasy of Şerban Huidu


Back where I come from, the younger white folks say karma is a bitch while the older black folks say, you lay down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.

Any way you want to put it, over the weekend one of Romania’s most “beloved” celebrities, Şerban Huidu, drove his expensive SUV into oncoming traffic and killed 2 people (Rom) on a highway in Brasov county.

Huidu and “Gainusa” are the two male hosts of one of Romania’s favorite “comedy” shows, Cronica Cârcotașilor, a program I have loathed and despised for years. Back when I was learning Romanian, I hated the show because my friends would watch it and laugh while the rapid slang-filled chatter was beyond my comprehension. Later I began to understand it and loathed it for its meanness and single-minded devotion to only what is negative in this country.

I have written about what the word Cârcotaș means on the blog.

And I have also written about why I consider the show so evil:

Hands down, the people who “hate on” Romania and being Romanian are themselves Romanian. It is exactly like the quote above – it’s almost as if wrapping oneself in misery and loathing is the last comfort a person has when other forms of attention and caring are absent.

YouTube is chock full of clips which Romanians watch precisely to laugh at (other) Romanians who make mistakes when speaking, when acting or do anything in an embarrassing way. Probably the most popular “comedy” show on Romanian TV (Cronica Carcotasilor) is almost entirely based on mocking and belittling other Romanians.

These two men have literally profited off of the backs of the misery and embarrassment of their fellow Romanians for years, right down to (presumably) being able to afford the expensive SUV that crashed into a much smaller Dacia Logan over the weekend, ending abruptly the lives of two innocent people in the Dacia while Huidu and his family emerged unscathed.

As a teenager, I used to stay up late to watch Saturday Night Live. I enjoy satire and “snark” and other forms of comedy, when they’re funny. But Cronica Cârcotașilor was built on ridiculing peasants who stuttered or mixed up their words, clips usually culled from television interviews filmed moments after a disaster or calamity had struck. At other times Cronica Cârcotașilor would focus their ridicule on up and coming Romanian celebrities or models, nervous in front of the camera and making (sometimes) only the slightest of errors when speaking.

Unlike Saturday Night Live and other true satirical shows, Cronica Cârcotașilor spent most of its time ridiculing ordinary people, the weak, the downtrodden and the powerless. If Cronica Cârcotașilor had stuck to lampooning politicians and mega-rich “barons”, it might’ve been funny. Scoffing at the elderly, rural people and working folks is simply nothing but a fancier version of school yard bullying.

Even off the air, on his own personal blog, Huidu remained devoutly focused on the negative, using scathing words and insults to deride and mock people, again wallowing in the poisonous mentality of putting down everyone around him while never once standing up and doing something positive himself.

And so the wheel has turned and the word is that Cronica Cârcotașilor will be canceled as a result of this fatal vehicular crash. I certainly hope that is true. One of the things I have always focused on, whether here on the blog or else in my documentary, is accentuating the positive. That isn’t because I’m some pie-in-the-sky idealist or a naive fool but because it is the right thing to do. Yes, sometimes we all feel the glamor of evil but indulging in it leads only to disaster. At the end of the day, you have to live with yourself and the actions you have chosen.

My thoughts and heart go out to the families of those who lost their life in this horrific crash. May they rest in peace.

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