Karima Delli, a French Green MEP, has requested the withdrawal of an official video advertising the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, for a message which she considers politically incorrect.
The protagonists of the video are a young man and a young woman. The young man is apparently Bulgarian, as he travels without luggage. The young woman is presumably a foreigner. The two exchange inaudible words, while a male voiceover says “Bulgaria. When you first meet her, you may get the wrong message. Remember, here a ‘no ‘might mean ‘yes’.
Presumably Delly believes that when a woman in Bulgaria woman tells a man ‘no’, this might mean yes. She tweeted:
“A ‘no’ never means a ‘yes’. This is a basic rule of consent and of respect of women. I ask for the withdrawal (of the video)”, adding the hashtag of the #metoo campaign.
Contrairement à ce que prétend ce clip officiel du Conseil de l' #UE dont la #Bulgarie prend la présidence ce mois-ci : un "non" ne veut jamais dire "oui"! (22'). Règle de base du #consentement et du respect des #femmes.
Je demande son retrait #metoohttps://t.co/dqffay4XYL pic.twitter.com/9QsqgimPfE
— Karima Delli (@KarimaDelli) January 10, 2018
In fact, Delli got it completely wrong. Traditionally Bulgarians nod their heads in the opposite way – up-down for no, left-right for yes. (Although the young generation has learned the Euro-nod). This was the story. The message of the video is not sexist or macho, nor does it encourage foreigners to believe that Bulgarian women are easily accessible.
P.S. Following the publication of this article, Aline Robert, Chief Editor of EURACTIV France, tweeted:
— Aline Robert (@AlineRobert_) January 12, 2018