So, for a while now I've been hearing, from many different people, about Mr. Karl Haudbourg and his tireless efforts in "promoting Serbia to the rest of the world".
From what I gathered, Mr. Haudbourg moved to Belgrade (from France) a couple/few years ago. I didn't see any information on Mr. Haudbourg's occupation. Maybe some of you remember Mr. Haudbourg from recent news about a French man, attacked by two teenagers in Studentski park because he was on roller blades?
Mr. Karl Haudbourg has his own Serbia-promoting website: www.ambassador-serbia.com - "Serbia's Ambassador to the World" no less.
Mr. Haudbourg thinks he is Serbian Ambassador to the World and he obviously works hard on promoting what he thinks should be the picture of Serbia in other people's eyes. Today I saw Mr. Haudbourg's facebook page and some bits from his website for the very first time.
Instead of sharing my impressions, I am inviting you to take a look for yourself.
The little detail that first caught my eye was a poster Mr. Haudbourg took the time to make. It says: "Today faggots, tomorrow paedophiles - STOP the faggot parade in Belgrade".
It's followed by a very passionate article by Mr. Haudbourg, the Serbian Ambassador to the World, as he calls himself.
But then I saw some more of Mr. Haudbourg's articles. Scattered between pictures of pretty locations in Serbia, photos of of "beautiful Serbian women" (full body shots, but also body shots with heads/faces cut off) and articles celebrating Serbian sport, there are links to the official Serbian institutions (I have been told that Mr. Haudbourg is actually sponsored by the Serbian Ministry of Tourism etc., but I dare not believe it), articles about NATO Vs. Serbia, articles supporting Vojislav Šešelj ("Guilty of being Serbian"), section "Anti-Serb propaganda" with 34 different articles and many other interesting things.
I noticed that on Mr. Haudbourg's website, some people leave comments addressing him with "Mr. Ambassador" which I'm sure pleases him very much. One can only guess how many people came to this website, thinking that what is on it represents Serbia and Serbian people.
And that thought is rather alarming to me.
It is one thing to move to a foreign country, feel welcomed in it, feel it's your home and feel the urge to promote it's wonderful nature, sport achievements and food. That is lovely.
Add to this some hard-core right-wing propaganda and I personally have a problem with the self-proclaimed Serbian Ambassador to the World, promoting all of Serbia and all my fellow countrymen.
It could well be that Mr. Haudbourg hasn't been here long enough to see that we actually have more then plenty of our own, homegrown nationalists, chauvinists and gay-bashers.
I just don't think we need any help from abroad in this department.
Thank you very much.