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Popular political satire show is a hit with Poles

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 01:51

''The Chairman's Ear'' pokes fun at powerful conservative leader Kaczynski. Alicia Powell reports.

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A satirical TV show avidly watched by millions of Poles is providing the country with some much need comic relief. "The Chairman's Ear" depicts Poland ruled by one man who never leaves his office but orders around the prime minister and sycophantic aides, while the president is kept waiting endlessly in the foyer for a meeting. SOUNDBITE: Robert Gorski, actor, saying (English): "We apparently tapped into some natural need among the audiences, because there is practically no political satire in Poland." For many, the show accurately represents how their country is governed, with all real power in the hands of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, even though he holds no government post. SOUNDBITE: Robert Gorski, actor, saying (English): "It is not a secret that the central point of power is located on Nowogrodzka street (address of Law and Justice chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski's office), that the true leader of the country is the 'chairman' (Kaczynski) and persons who formally stand above him, the prime minister and the president are in fact are subordinate to him." The PiS government remains broadly popular 20 months after sweeping to power, despite concerns among liberal Poles and in the European Union about its conservative social policies and efforts to tighten control over state media and the judiciary. And the show doesn't pull any punches when it comes to mocking Kaczynski's skepticism towards the EU and his deep distrust of Germany. Since the privately-funded show debuted on YouTube, some of its episodes have received up to 10 million clicks.

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Popular political satire show is a hit with Poles

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 01:51