Diaper-gate: Orbán's daughter causes international scandal

The daughter of the Hungarian Prime Minister dumped a used diaper along the highway while vacationing in Croatia. Although the Hungarian public demands answers both she and her father remain silent.

Ivett Körösi
Ivett Körösi Nepszava, Hungary
Source: Nepszava
Diaper-gate: Orbán's daughter causes international scandal
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Rahel Orban in Croatia. Nyugatifeny.hu

Why this story matters:

"The Prime Minister’s daughter should behave in an impeccable manner...”

"The country is run by rude people who cannot teach their children how to behave...”

"The Orbán family does not serve as an example for the population. It has been proven many times.” 

These are some of the comments that flooded social media after "diaper-gate” hit Hungary: Ráhel Orbán, daughter of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, was caught dumping her child’s used diaper along the highway while the family was driving through Croatia.

The article, published by Nyugatifeny.hu, was accompanied by several photos. The eyewitness who took the shots and reported the story said that Ráhel Orbán -- who had served as a counsellor to state institutions -- dumped the diaper on the road even though there was a trash can nearby.

The story reminded many Hungarians that the political elite can rarely be held accountable: several media outlets -- including Croatian media -- asked the government for comment but neither Viktor Orbán’s office nor Ráhel Orbán responded, let alone apologized.

It is, however, dangerous for the Orbán family to behave so casually in such tense times. As Judit Doros of Népszava writes in the opinion piece recommended below: a sparkle is often enough to trigger an explosion.

"A stumble can be enough for a people who has been suffering silently to rise.”

Details from the story:

  • The Croatian media, too, picked up the story. Telegram.hr called the act a "scandal", while 24sta.hr simply used "shame" in the headline.       
  • Jadranka Kosor, former Prime Minister of Croatia also commented the issue: the politician Tweeted the word "horrible".
  • Nyugaifeny.hu is a news site with links to the Democratic Coalition, a party led by a former socialist Prime Minister, Ferenc Gyurcsány.
  • After the story was published, more than 40,000 people shared it on social media in a couple of hours.
  • The only unofficial reaction came from the state media, which rarely publishes opinion pieces, especially when it comes to the PM and his family. This time, however, hirado.hu published a short opinion piece, ridiculing"the opposition” for using this "wuderwaffe”, ("miracle weapon”) to attack the government.

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