Scarlett Johansson is shamelessly exploited by right-wing Budapest mayor, István Tarlós

Scarlett Johansson is a 34 year old popular American filmstar, one of the highest paid in the business and now she is part of the Budapest municipal election campaign. She is shooting a film in Hungary and a clever political operative asked her to meet with right-wing Mayor István Tarlós. Why not?
 The American filmstar, Tarlós and Vice-Mayor Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky (far right)
71-year-old Tarlós is a staunch ally of authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and is in a nasty reelection fight. He is in a tight race with 44-year-old Gergely Karácsony, a talented Budapest district mayor, who plans to bring transparency to Budapest. Tarlós, who has no vision or published agenda for the capital, is so afraid of Karácsony that he declined to debate him.
After a brief meeting the filmstar posed with Tarlós and Vice-Mayor Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky. Johansson received three Budapest silver medals for the favors.
Scarlett Johansson and right-wing Budapest mayor István Tarlós.
Within minutes Hungary’s government controlled press blanketed the media with the photos adding how Johansson loves Budapest and is especially impressed with recent developments in the capital. Tarlós has been mayor since 2010 and Hungarian readers might conclude from the articles that the popular filmstar endorses Tarlós.
The filmstar’s publicist did not publish one word about the encounter. In fact, I wonder whether Scarlett even realized that her meeting was used for political campaign purposes.
Johansson is a Democrat who supported President Obama and gave a talk in 2012 at the Democratic Convention, Charlotte, NC. She also mocked „First Daughter” Ivanka Trump on the popular American comedy show, Saturday Night Live. We’ll ask her to comment on the meeting.
György Lázár

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