O1G

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Orbán 1 geci, in logo form as it is sometimes displayed
Guy Verhofstadt Twitter
@guyverhofstadt

People are fed up with Orbán & co and they are ready to push back, starting by demanding free media. Your place is in Europe my friends, keep up Hungarian #democracy! 📣 #O1G #Budapest

16 Dec 2018[1]

O1G graffiti on the wall in underpass of train station of Agárd

O1G has become a meme of the public protests against the Viktor Orbán-led government of Hungary. O1G abbreviates the popular term in the country Orbán egy geci, which translates as Orbán is a motherfucker in English, with egy meaning a as well as one (hence the 1 in the abbreviation) while geci literally means cum/jizz.[2] The abbreviation has become a communication tool in international politics, after Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the Liberal faction of the European Parliament, used the #O1G hashtag in a Twitter message supporting the Hungarian anti-government demonstrations.[3]

Origin[edit]

The origins of the term can be traced back to "G-day"[4] when Fidesz-backed businessman and oligarch Lajos Simicska in February 2015 openly clashed with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán after several top managers of his media interests had resigned. The enraged Simicska put a strong emphasis in the interviews with several Hungarian news outlets that Orban is "jizz."[5][6] The backdrop of the conflict was that the government, which levied a significant tax for ad revenues against media outlets with high revenues, also hit Simicska's Hír TV, which led to a struggle with Orbán's leadership. The clash of the two, which became known as the Orbán-Simicska conflict, resulted in an open political and media war,[7] and among the results were that the formerly Orbán-supporting HírTV became one of the most important voices of opposition until the new turnaround in August 2018.[8]

Symbolical meaning[edit]

The abbreviation (O1G) appeared for the first time in December 2017 on the Internet and later, a more sophisticated, simplified symbol was launched on the commentary section of 444.hu, by an unknown graphic artist named regor[9], which at the end of 2017 was popularized by the unknown and former graffiti artist named "Simicska of Buda," on his Facebook and Tumblr sites.[10] . As a result of the December 2018 wave of protests, the O1G symbol became widely used in objection against the Orbán government and his Fidesz party-led parliament on Facebook profiles and also appeared on a number of banknotes,[11] on coins,[12] banners, sidewalk graffiti, and public light projections. Some public figures began adopting the term as a political expression, including the Belgian politician Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.[3] Its dissemination, similarly to other Internet memes, is predominantly important in various opposition political communities, while government-friendly media outlets try to remove it from the public discourse,[13] or attempt to discredit it as immoral, vulgar and unacceptable.[14]

Appearance in popular culture[edit]

On its 2017 album, Nihilista Rock 'N' Roll, the Hungarian Punk band HétköznaPICSAlódások [hu] features a song called "Geciország" (Jizzland) based on the popular anti-Orbán slogan.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Guy Verhofstadt [@guyverhofstadt] (16 Dec 2018). "People are fed up with Orbán & co and they are ready to push back, starting by demanding free media. Your place is in Europe my friends, keep up Hungarian #democracy! 📣 #O1G #Budapest" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Fejes, László (2015-02-09). "Honnan jön a geci?" [Where does jizz come from?]. nyest.hu (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2018-12-19. Geci's meaning in general [in this context] is 'malicious, evil, conniving' - probably used by Simicska in this meaning as well.
  3. ^ a b Shaun Walker (2018-12-18). "Hungary's opposition plans more protests after 'slave law' passes". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  4. ^ András Jámbor (2016-08-31). "Fidesz set to increase its control of Hungarian media". politicalcritique.org. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  5. ^ Spirk József (2015-02-16). "Lajos Simicska: I'll fire all Orbanistas". Index.hu. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  6. ^ "Simicska: Viktor Orbán is jizz, I'll fire all Orbanistas". HVG.hu. 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  7. ^ Krisztina Than, Marton Dunai (2015-02-06). "Hungarian oligarch turns on his former ally PM Orban". reuters.com. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  8. ^ "Emboldened Viktor Orbán cracks down on friend turned foe". theguardian.com. 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  9. ^ https://diogenes1001.tumblr.com/post/168402163116/a-budai-simicska-%C3%BCzemzavart-okozott-az-orb%C3%A1n-egy
  10. ^ "A Budai Simicska - O1G". Facebook. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  11. ^ Marczisovszky Márton (2018-12-17). "Elég drága szórólapok készülnek". Index.hu. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  12. ^ Marczisovszky Márton (2018-12-17). "Már aprón és húszezresen is pörög az O1G". Index.hu. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  13. ^ Medvegy Gábor (2018-08-27). "Public Works revealed why they remove any graffiti so quick critical of Orbán". 24.hu. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  14. ^ Szentesi Zöldi László (2018-04-23). "Letter to the Saturday demonstrators". 888.hu. Retrieved 2018-12-19.

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