Now she’s really pissed off. Seriously pissed off.
Comrade Gabriela Firea-Pandele, Mayor of Bucharest and would-be Romanian president has had her feelings hurt again. This time by some nasty people on Facebook who have been making jokes about her excruciatingly awful attempt to come up with a logo for the city. You will recall that on Wednesday the original winning design had to be thrown out of the window when it was revealed that it had been heavily inspired by the logo of a city in Taiwan (New Taipei). On Friday, a new winning design was announced, this time no doubt after the committee responsible for deciding these things had actually bothered to check that it had not been copied from anywhere.
It did not take long however for the Romanian pages of Facebook to start sharing this very clever spoof, ostensibly showing Bucharest’s new logo on the cover of a 1950s Romanian geometry textbook:
The moment Son of Bucharest Life showed us, we knew it was a fake: the giveaway is the shade of black in the logo, which is different from the text. Here is the book’s original cover, which turned up later on Friday evening:
A clever joke, and one which spread like wildfire. Most of us laughed or at least raised a smile. Not Firea however, whose sense of humour bypass is now fully complete.
As such, late on Friday night the city council put out a statement (via Agerpres), as if we were living in the Romania of 1987, and not 2017:
The cover of the 1959 geometry book on which appears the exact same logo as that chosen by the jury of the Bucharest logo contest is a crude fake. We believe this is a deliberate attack on the credibility and image of Bucharest City Hall and we reserve the right to sue those who have triggered and spread this gross manipulation.
This incident is part of a concerted media campaign against Mayor Gabriela Firea, who will not give in to these attacks. Moreover she will not let such slanderous behaviour go unpunished.
Sorry, but who the fuck does she think she is? Does she really want people to stop making jokes, threatening them with legal action? The modern world doesn’t work that way. Everybody is fair game, even Comrade Firea.
We have said it before and will say it again: Bucharest will bury her political career. You need a thick skin to run this city. She doesn’t have one.