How the Biggest Show Maker in Bulgaria Entered Politics and Became One of the Leading Political Forces?

Have you ever heard of Bulgaria? That small eastern European country with a pretty nature and corrupt politics. If you go around and ask ten Europeans about Bulgaria, there is a great chance that half of them haven’t heard of it, and the other half associates it with poverty, low-quality education, and corruption. For example, according to Transparency International, we are the most corrupted country in the EU, and we on 111th place in the world for freedom of speech.

We love to blame other people for all our problems, but the truth is that we chose our rulers, and now we’re dealing with the consequences. It’s a vicious cycle that never ends – elections, protests. It’s a hell loop. I could speak all day about why things are the way they are, but it’s too long and too complicated for one article. Shortly, we could sum it up in corruption and uneducated choices.

And while it is true that our government has done many wrongs throughout different mandates, recently, the situation went on to a whole new level. Let me explain.

The way it works in Bulgaria is that you create a political party, submit your application, and if people vote for you, you have a chance of entering the government. In this year’s elections, we had some bizarre applications. Besides, our regular political activists we saw in the election list a trendy public persona. His name was Stanislav Trifonov, or as the ordinary people know him – Slavi Trifonov.

To understand why this is such a big deal, we will have to go through Slavi’s backstory. Before entering politics, he was mainly known as a show maker, a tv show host, and a musician. He is also one of the first producers of private production on the Bulgarian screen. Ever since 1993, he was in a band as well. You could say he is a multitalented person. His musical education, music career, charisma, and even his own tv show – “Slavi’s show,” made him one of the most famous people in the Bulgarian show business.

However, politics were never something he wanted to do. In fact, his show revolved around making fun of important political figures. So how did he go from making fun of them to become them?

We don’t really know why he decided to create a party. His slogan attests that he wants to remove the former chain of political power in the country. The central theme in his campaign is change. Of course, his promises sound beautiful, but it is easier said than done.

People’s main concern with Slavi’s political activity is that he is in no way qualified nor experienced to be a politician. He studied music, and his whole life, he thrived in the entertainment industry. What does he know about politics? How would he deal with poverty? How will he deliver to his promises?

Sure, the story knows cases of highly successful politicians with no formal education in the sphere of politics. Like Winston Churchill. But can we compare a showman to Churchill?

I guess only time will show. Until then, we can only hope for the change Slavi promises. The change we’ve been waiting for more than 20 years.

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