Fidesz mayor Máté Kocsis gets shut down by Facebook after homophobic tirade

It was another bad week for the increasingly erratic Máté Kocsis, the Fidesz party mayor of Budapest’s 8th District, after the politician, who is also the ruling party’s president in Budapest, went on yet another homophobic tirade using social media. As we reported, Mayor Kocsis recently lost a court case that he launched against liberal politician Klára Ungár, who he argued incorrectly suggested that he is a homosexual. In Mayor Kocsis’s mind, being called gay is tantamount to slander. On appeal, a Hungarian judge disagreed and Mr. Kocsis was asked to reimburse Ms. Ungár’s legal fees. That’s when Mr. Kocsis let loose on Facebook, shortly after the annual Pride parade in Budapest:

“Klároy Ungár’s lawyer, Dr. Márton Nehéz-Pozsony–who also happens to be a faggot–gifted out lawyer with the following message: pay us, without further delay, 150,000 forints, or else he will turn to the media. I see that this is the stupid liberal practice. Threatening with the media is very much in vogue, but I can assure them–one does not pay fees associated with court cases, because someone might resort to contacting the press, but because this is what the court ruled. And this is what we will do as well. 

In terms of Uncle Klári–we saw her picture taken during Pride, at the celebration of homophobia. She was all soaped up, but unfortunately there wasn’t water to be found anywhere.”

Mayor Kocsis’s completely juvenile antics–referring to the openly gay Ms. Ungár as Uncle Klári and as Klároly, a cross between the masculine name Károly and the female name Klára–makes him unsuitable to be mayor of a district in a European Union capital. This rant is not an isolated incident: Mr. Kocsis simply cannot move on from having been called a homosexual, and must now prove his heterosexuality with almost non-stop and frantic displays of homophobia.

Fidesz may not have a problem with Mr. Kocsis–after all, Hungary’s governing party is now significantly more extreme and far-right than Jobbik–but the mayor’s latest post was too much for Facebook. Apparently, the social media site deleted the post and temporarily suspended Mr. Kocsis’s Facebook account, which is “liked” by almost 22,000 people.

Once his Facebook page was live again, Mr. Kocsis posted the following:

“Facebook’s homegrown footmen erased our post, even though all we did was write the truth. There could have been a good debate! But the opinion terrorists don’t like that, so they reported us.”

Máté Kocsis, with his wife, at his son's of many family pictures that Mayor Kocsis shares on Facebook.

Máté Kocsis, with his wife, at his son’s christening…one of many family pictures that Mayor Kocsis shares on Facebook.

After Mr. Kocsis published his second post, the mayor or his “editor”, proceeded to respond to almost every comment that appeared on the Facebook page. One user asked Mr. Kocsis why he did not just re-post the original, infamous post. “Facebook asked us not to, because there would be a penalty, if we did. Regards, the Editor.”

Another user started to wonder about all the response that the mayor, or his “editor” were posting. “How many of you are there?”–he asked. And Mayor Kocsis’s “editor” responded promptly: “I happen to be the editor on duty,” someone said, under Dr. Máté Kocsis’s account.

Whether or not Fidesz’s Budapest president and district mayor is now in the habit of pretending to be his editor or publicist and whether or not he will finally–after more than a year–move on from being called gay and stop proving his sexual orientation through homophobia, only Mr. Kocsis can know. But it is very telling that after Mayor Kocsis’s longstanding and multiple public, homophobic meltdowns, Fidesz is standing by him one hundred percent.

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