George Clooney’s response to the Orbán Government’s media attacks

By now you have all heard about Hungary’s recent attacks on American film star George Clooney.  Just as Clooney suspected, tightly controlled Hungarian media did not print his full response and we thought that it would be important to publish the full text.

Just a brief background.  In November GQ Magazine interviewed Clooney who spoke about his movie The Midnight Sky and mentioned that the somber mood of the film is a reflection of anger and hatred that can be experienced around the world. “We weren’t in the middle of a pandemic when it happened, but there were still all these other elements, these elements of how much hate and anger all of us are experiencing at this moment in our history, all over the world. Go to Bolsonaro in Brazil, or Orbán in Hungary, or look around, lots of anger and hate…,”

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Within minutes the Orbán Government responded with a ferocious media attack. Pro-government outlets claimed that Clooney was a friend of George Soros and circulated a photo showing Soros’ son Alexander with the actor.  Mr. Örs Farkas from the government information center said that “It is quite disappointing that there are actors, even non-political actors, who carry out   Soros’ political intentions.”   Fidesz MEP and Orbán confidante Mr. Tamás Deutsch said that Clooney is an “imposter” who speaks “rubbish” about Hungary he couldn’t even find on the map not even by using Google Earth.  One of the most bizarre attacks came from Frank Furedi, a British academic who accused Clooney of “cultural imperialism.” (Read Furedi’s article in Hungarian here)

Here is George Clooney’s response:

“I don’t expect this response to be broadcast in most of Hungary’s news sites because they are owned and run by the Orbán regime or his close allies but it will be heard. I met George Soros once at a UN meeting with the President of the United States on the subject of the refugee crisis. I met his son Alex once at an event in Davos. That is the extent of my communication with George Soros. So the Orbán propaganda machine is lying, full stop. Having said that, the Soros family have funded education and legal aid to the poor and asylum seekers, they have been an overwhelming force for good in the world. Mr. Orbán felt that same way in 1989 as he was funded by Mr. Soros to be educated in Britain. His government also took a million dollars from Mr. Soros back in the good old days when Viktor Orbán was standing against Communism. As for my comments, I would be ashamed if I were not on record for speaking out against the kind of authoritarianism where the Orbán regime owns all the media, forces all the companies to comply by draconian taxation policies, silences the free press, requiring permits to photograph their razor wire fences, demonizes the disenfranchised, and winks at far right extremists. It’s as if 1956 never happened, when the world was flooded by Hungarian refugees fleeing Soviet rule. I have a great affection for the people of Hungary. I was there first in the early 1980’s when it was still part of the Soviet Union. I was back in the early 2000’s and walked the boardwalk of the Danube. At that point Hungary was a shining example of democratic success coming after the fall of the Soviet Union. I look forward to the day that Hungary embraces what it once was.”

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  1. If only more influential and high profile people, worldwide, would follow George Clooney’s example, and speak out to condemn Orbán’s mafia regime. It would give hope and leverage for Hungarians who would like to see democracy restored.

  2. If Clooney wants to talk of hate, he should look at his own ideological camp. How much hate does it take to form mobs meant to kill people’s careers, livelihoods, just because they may have said something that they disagree with? It has become so common now, that people (people who are not rabid Neo-Marxists) are actually going to their Facebook page and purging it of anything even remotely political out of fear of retribution, from Clooney’s ideological mob.

    And he wants to talk about media freedom? Seriously? How about social media censorship? How about the way that they attempted to obstruct the Hunter Biden laptop story? And how did the MSM cover that story or any other story that does not fit the Marxist-Globalist narrative?

    As for Soros good? Soros admitted to having had a hand in the Maidan fiasco for instance. Good? Ukrainians are now living on a GDP/capita that is 1/3 less than it was in 2013. Because the architects of Maidan used Neo-Nazis as a spearhead meant to create the violence needed to succeed, the legacy of it has been a nightmare for millions of Ukrainian nationals who belong to an ethnic minority group. Persecution, violence, intimidation, being stripped of very basic rights. Just a few days ago, they raided an ethnic Hungarian organization, commando style. Same as they did not long ago to ethnic Romanians. As for the persecution of the ethnic Russians? Yes, that is also Soros’s contribution. The stuff that Clooney mentioned is only peripheral work. Most of his money goes to interfering in national politics, agitating, fomenting revolts against governments he does not like. Consequences be damned! Clooney the propagandist!!!

  3. No talent, nothing special if not for his aunt’s fame….he would never have worked in the film industry.
    An opportunist seeker who befriends any who are popular at time being.
    Walked the boardwalk of the Danube without mentioning the dark and tragic events of the “ shoes”, because he is also ignorant of European history.

  4. Avatar András B. Göllner says:

    Great to see and hear Americans paying some attention to the world outside of their own backyard and doing so intelligently and with social awareness. George Clooney deserves a big applause for drawing attention to Viktor Orbán’s abuse of Hungary’s working men and women with his affinity fraud, and to the threat his gang of crooks pose to the human and civil rights of people all around the world. Hopefully, Orbán’s free ride on the coat tails of Trump will soon be over, and more Americans will speak up about the criminal elements that have taken roots world-wide under the protective wings of the Artificial Blonde Bomber in the White House and his nuclear surrogate, Mike (Fat Boy) Pompeo. Bravo George Clooney !!!!

  5. Avatar András B. Göllner says:

    @ Palinka66

    You’re full of Palinka – 66% proof. Given your condition, I doubt if anyone will take you seriously other than that farmhand, Joe, who does the heavy lifting for Orbán’s troll farm in this underpass.

  6. Coming from the Golden Child of the corrupt propaganda arm known as Hollywood. America has HUGE problems and is teetering on civil war, yet Clooney wants to single out one of the most peaceful countries in the world – a country with basically no military nor environmental impact. Its safe, clean and fueled by a resilient population that has risen from decades of oppression. Remember this Hungary, none of these countries cared about you when you had the Soviets controlling your lives. Ive lived in this country for 5 years now –and I feel I’m the luckiest person in the world. And for those who think its a bad place, go live somewhere else for a few years.

  7. Avatar András B. Göllner says:

    @ Joey

    Switching to 87% proof Palinka won’t get you into the Academy. Why don’t you try some ecstacy, like that other Joey, the author of Orbán’s constitution who was caught sliding down a drain-pipe in Brussels the other day? We don’t have drainpipes leading from this underpass, but you’ll need to be careful what you do with your hands, loser, cause Clooney is manning the cameras down here.

    • I see you just cannot break the habit. I guess all these years of calling your students “loser” as they exit your classroom simply has you programmed to throw that insult around everywhere.

      What is the under-employment rate for those graduating with a degree in your department? Is it 60%,? 70%? Do you guys put out some studies containing some intellectual gymnastics meant to make it seem like it’s just not so bad?

      I know a few with undergrad and master’s degrees in your field. Not well-connected, not visible minority status that may get their foot through the door. Just a lot of student loan debt and very limited prospects. The worst by far is for those who do not catch on to the swindle and they continue to hope, wasting more time and effort, essentially their lives, instead of learning to move on.

      Loser!!! But hey, you get to play intellectual!

  8. Gollner is right again as usual.
    “Joe and Palinka” probably had too much of something….Furthermore, receive some pay to be faithful trolls. Even college students were hired to troll for Orban’s regime a few years ago.

  9. Yes, I have experienced a few professors who mostly referred to their students as losers, in fact they were teaching useless, non hiring, non productive classes -I’m glad I left those classes early on… world is full of these critical PhD’s., Who spew hatred, conflict – but give them a day of real work they would fall apart like a shrinking violet.

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