Hungarian City Rejected as Next EU’s “Capital of Culture” Because it is “Too White”
The Hungarian city of Székesfehérvár’s application to be selected as the next European Union’s “Capital of Culture” has rejected because its filmed submission was “propaganda for white Christian Europe” in which “everyone is white, happy and dancing in the streets,” according to an EU official.
News of the blatantly anti-white ruling was made public in a press statement released by the city council of Székesfehérvár—Hungary’s ninth largest city—in which the EU committee’s decision on that city’s video submission was revealed.
András Cser-Palkovics, the Mayor of Székesfehérvár, said in the statement a Belgian politician sitting on the selection committee had made the remarks while rejecting their application.
“The city indicated that it would be very pleased if the entire committee hearing would be made public,” Cser-Palkovics said.
“The so-called expert committee meeting was not ‘expert’ at all, but a board meeting specifically dealing with daily political and ideological issues.
“The chairman of this committee said that he felt that he was at a cultural Olympics,” and one of the ‘experts’ described our film as ‘white, Christian Europe’s propaganda film, in which everyone is white and dancing on the street.”
He said that the “experts missed the poor and the migrants [in the video], and exaggerated the number of scenes of crosses and the churches, which we regard as important.”
The video submission contained one or two nonwhites, but even that was obviously not enough.
“One of the committee members, a Belgian politician, complained that the application was based on Greek, Roman, and Christian-Jewish cultures. I think that these few sentences also indicate what happened yesterday at an expert hearing.
“Almost nothing has been said about the proposal itself, and they did not deal with sustainability, finance, or the proposed programs—they only focused on the political and ideological accusations—just because we take pride in our cultural values. The cross is not only a religious but a cultural value, and it gives us the diversity that makes Europe proud.
“We love our city with our churches and our crosses. We love to be safe, calm and that people can democratically choose their own values,” he said.
The European Capital of Culture initiative was launched in 1985 and has grown to be one of the largest and most well-known European cultural projects. Its aim is to draw attention to the cultural diversity of Europe and to the common characteristics of European cultures and to promote culture’s contribution to the long-term development of cities.