The weekly Hungarian economical and political newspaper Heti Világgazdaság (HVG.hu) just had its 10th annual Golden Blog competition. HVG’s Golden Blog is the only mainstream blogging competition in Hungary in which blogs in five broad categories (business, tech, psychology, children, and food) get to be voted by the public at large and the top 10 in every category stand a chance of being evaluated and rewarded by the jury in the second phase of the competition.
This year, Huffnágel Életmód Magazin (The Huffnágel Lifestyle Magazine), a blog managed by the former co-host of the radio program AVfM Voice of Europe and popular anti-feminist blogger in Hungary Huffnágel Pista, also entered into the competition in the “psychology” category.
Until the moment of the exclusion, Huffnágel Életmód Magazin was steadily around positions 4 to 8 in the top 10 and stood a big chance of finishing the competition in the first 10 in its category and reaching the finals.
But then, on November 3, the radical feminist Gerle Éva started a campaign against Huffnágel’s blog using her platform – Csak az olvassa – which had just fallen out of the top 10 (after finishing 4th in the last year’s edition). Her appeal to her followers amounted to “don’t vote for Huffnágel because he spreads hate,” and she argued her case in a very long blog post. But her tactic backfired as even more people voted for Huffnágel Lifestyle Magazine.
According to Huffnágel Pista for AVfM News Europe:
The radical feminist’s attempt essentially doubled my publication’s votes leading us up to the 4th position and dropping her platform out of top 10 – which tells you a lot about the popularity that Huffnágel Életmód Magazin enjoys.
As a response, Gerle Éva withdrew her blog from the competition and directed her anger against HVG itself for allowing “offensive speech” and contributing to the “wider oppression of women” – a damseling move that seems to have had the desired effect, as two days before the closing of the polls (Sunday, November 16, midnight, Hungary time), the HVG decided to exclude Huffnágel Életmód Magazin from the competition on the basis of “possible civil risks,” according to HVG’s communicate reprinted in the excluded publication.
The move was immediately lauded by Gerle Éva’s “Csak az olvassa” but then immediately proceeded in outright denying that she had anything to do with this move by HVG, despite the fact that both on her own platform and other social media platforms she had advocated for the silencing of the popular non-feminist voice.
According to the Férfihang publication, however, the allegations brought against Huffnágel Életmód Magazin are nonsense at best, considering the fact that the non-feminist publication is not even remotely as influential or as well-funded as its philosophical opponents. In the editorial published on November 5, Férfihang says:
We would even go as far as to assert that the antifeminist blogger Huffnágel Pista has a greater insight and […] it does not attempt to negotiate the antifeminist-feminist dialogue, but rather to achieve cultural influence in different manners. The Hungarian Feminist movement, however, has blindly waged a de facto gender war and has many allies – such as the Hungarian Women’s Lobby Association, the European Women’s Lobby (Europe’s largest feminist organization) and many others. These were the ones given as a group the Hypatia Media Award and Gerle Éva was amongst the radical feminists who were awarded.
Well, if this is feminism now – then no matter what the “Huffnágel Lifestyle Magazine” says, it can’t possibly be considered to be on par in influence or legitimately claim that Huffnágel’s satires are at a similar level of public threat with the neurotic man-hating rants posted by the likes of Gerle Éva.
Following the publication’s exclusion from the competition, Huffnágel Pista told AVfM News Europe that:
HVG has proven itself to be against free speech when feminists say so. But it doesn’t matter. Out of this scandal, the Hungarian Men’s Rights Movement will gain the most. The MRAs are the real winners of this year’s Goldenblog competition because now more people will be interested in our message.
HVG offered no way of appeal to the decision and offered no official response over this issue.