O1G

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Orbán 1 Geci, or literally translated to English "Orbán is jizz/cum," as it is lately displayed in logo form

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.[1] 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.[2]

Origin[edit]

The origins of the term can be traced back to "G-day"[3] 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."[4][5] 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,[6] 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.[7]

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[8], 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.[9] . 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,[10] on coins,[11] 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.[2] 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,[12] or attempt to discredit it as immoral, vulgar and unacceptable.[13]

Appearance in popular culture[edit]

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

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References[edit]

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

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