The US presidential election is only a few months away, the Egyptian Parliament just broke up with itself, and in entertainment news: Hungary’s government. After rolling out a new media law in 2010 that basically barely scrapes the bottom of what can potentially be called democracy (if you were looking at democracy in a dark room with a blindfold on), the EU had a big meeting where they criticized the new policy at length. That was last year, when Hungary didn’t care what other people thought about it.
But now, Hugh Grant has spoken up. And we all know how important he is when it comes to policy writing in any country! Specifically, after being invited by a member of British Parliament to a forum on media pluralism in Brussels, Hugh Grant mentioned Hungary among a bunch of other things when he talked about the need to make sure media controls government and not vice versa. And if Hugh Grant talks sh*t about you, you pay attention. The EU? Whatever. Was the EU in ‘Bridget Jones’? No. And if they had, they would have probably been Colin Firth, so whatever.
Hungary’s response to Grant’s passing comment was proportional and rational, in that they have not only put together a translated informational packet for him (which I’m sure is full of truths and super-truths, considering the current government’s long-standing history of honesty*), but have taken it upon themselves to send it to Hugh Grant personally. What I mean by that is, they’ve made a public statement (because the townspeople were ever so concerned) that they are already in the process of investigating Hugh Grant’s address (literally, the word they used for investigating is the same one used for when you hire a private eye. I couldn’t make this up if I tried, you guys). Apparently no one’s ever told them about the benefits of an IMDB pro account, or the fact that actors have agents.
This attitude is a departure from that of Hungary’s previous ruling party, whose prime minister had more affection for Hugh Grant (and apparently more free time), or maybe just for ‘Love, Actually’:
Of course, if the current government spent less time sanctioning racist violence, publicly hating minorities, and trampling out freedom of the press, maybe they, too, could have more fun with a cameraphone.
*Kidding, they’re the worst.