There have been few moments in my life that I was more proud of myself than last week when I was denounced and attacked with unimaginative insults by Altermedia, Romania’s neo-Nazi online misinformation delivery vehicle. Having lost representation in Romania’s parliament due to their dwindling numbers (roughly 12), it seems the group has more time on their hands to identify and blame gypsies, Jews and insolent foreigners for the entirety of their failed, wretched lives.
The hilarious article is ironically entitled “When Freedom of Speech becomes dangerous!” (If, when you click this link you only see a message saying “Le Revedere”, try this link), a 5,744-word jabbering opus, written by the objective, ethical, and not at all sexually deprived Alexandra Zarnescu. Despite her conspicuous lack of research (a neo-Nazi specialty) and citing none of my offensive quotes, Alexandra nevertheless wrote this little nugget about me:
“It becomes utterly grave when hateful opinions of Romania coming from individuals who have the clear intent of manipulating the non-informed and of bending reality are publicly expressed without a shame, causing prejudice to our national dignity. Leif Pettersen is such a slimeball and a human piece of garbage who insults Romanian citizens in the well-known travel guide called Lonely Planet, in which he portrays himself (!) as the sole authority in the matter („the most complete online travel information source“), as well as on his personal blog, while roaring his inner rage motivated by his abused childhood and his abjections originating from his Freudian complexes and American ghetto upbringing. We are mocked by both means of propaganda simply because we are citizens of the “second poorest European country” (speaking of which, what country is nowadays the poorest in Europe: Moldavia, Ireland, Greece, Ukraine or Bulgaria?). And ironically, on June 1st 2008, this guy was praised on Antena 3 TV channel for the way he „advertises us“ in his guide!”
Oh man, that’s some sweet neo-Nazi hating discourse right there. Though, honestly, I’m a little hurt that some blogger chick named Shelly Roberts living in that hellhole Bucharest got way more slam-time than I did. I mean, she’s merely spreading alleged untruths on her cute blog, while I’m spewing it all over tens of thousands of travelers with my accursed guidebook and web site, which, during her 17 seconds of research, Alexandra has confused as one in the same – the same mistake made by the equally research-deficient Hotnews and Mediafax in May.
Where the hell are my props, Alexandra? If you’re going to lavishly defame me, the least you can do is give me three paragraphs! You didn’t even mention my facial tics or my addiction to donkey porn! I should sue your hack journalist ass for criminal under-representation!! Maybe next time you’ll give me my due credit if I use more typos and muse about the oxygen-starved womb where you incubated for 7 and 1/2 months before starting your bitter life of baffling hatred and tediously long, libelous essays.
I’ve been working for 6 years in the Romanian & European hospitality business and I fully support your views.
People from the outside are just saying what they’ve been taught.
Keep it up like this !
PS thanks for the Minneapolis tips as well, that’s where I did my high school.
Hahaha! Wow, that’s fun stuff! I laughed the whole way through, and I was totally wondering why you only used the word “hack” once in the entire post! In the Mediafax/Hotnews post, you used it at least a dozen times! Anyway, funny stuff! It’ll give me something to laugh about for the whole rest of the day!
Aren’t you supposed to be in the Twin Cities and getting whacked like everyone else?
I hear one of my old professors has just been arrested. Sigh.
Don’t mind them :)
That extremist party is desperate for attention, their leader just declared that he wants Romania to be a dictatorship… he’s really crazy or just plain stupid.
I thought I was just a Global Adventure Humor Writer.
I guess I need to add “Gypsy” to my business card.
Too old for the “ragamuffin” label, though.
Leif – let me know if you need a “safe house” over here on the left-coast.
As a resident of the general area where you grew up, I must protest the characterisation of “ghetto.” All the drug dealers on MY block have left – thank you, subprime mortgages!
17 seconds to document herself is too much for her. Puts into motion an incredible number of neurons, and they’re pretty hard to find…
She looks kinda hot though, maybe she’s pissed you didn’t bang her?
Thanks all. Seriously, this is better than being mentioned in the New York Times. It’s going right into my bio.
Leif, I’m disappointed. Only a small blurb? I think next time you should try harder….i want to see a whole opus dedicated to denouncing you next time!!! an opus i say!!
Okay, weird. When I clicked the link to read the rest of her diatribe, the page had nothing on it but the words “La revedere.”
Guess she took her ball and went home.
Lysa – Yeah, i can’t get the article or even the web site now. I think they may have blocked whole chucks of IP addresses so us ghetto-raised Americans can’t bask in their literary glory anymore. You can always read the Google cache version.
Lol, the bitch blocked the IPs allright, some can still see the abjection when visiting from Romania.
This is the foremost sign of a retarded mind. The inability to deal with criticism. They also deleted any critical comments that were posted there.
Epic fail. Let’s move on and let the poor bastards eat their own vomit.
lol, that woman is described as mentally ill on http://www.bolipsihice.blogspot.com
alexandra should cultivate a sense of humor. it ain’t libel if it’s true! at any rate, it’s w/a strange pride that i acknowledge the truth as written here – in a sense, it’s a warning. ROM’s charms are many, but not immediately obvious; it’s no disneyworld, so (charmingly) i say -git the eff out if you can’t handle it!