- February 20, 2015
M. C. Cytacki has lost with ‘the Pole-man’
Mariusz Cezary Cytacki was offended by the video ‘the Pole-man’ (“zmogus Lenkas”) and turned to the capital prosecutors asking for the investigation on “public ridicule of people of Polish origin, their humiliation, incitement to hatred and discrimination against people of Polish origin” . The complaint was rejected.
Young comedian Olegas Surajevas played a role in the short humorous movie called ‘The Pole-man’
“He was an ordinary student, until one day he was bitten by a Pole and he became the Pole-man” – we can hear the voice behind the frame. The movie ends with a Polish curse that ends the metamorphosis.
Husband of the former Deputy Minister of Energy, Renata Cytacka, and the current candidate for the vacant position in the Sejm, Mariusz Cezary Cytacki, who previously had problems due to failed Lithuanian language exam, turned to Vilnius prosecutors and asked for the investigation, however, the Lithuanian Themis rejected the request.
In the response the prosecutor has emphasized that there is no data to prove that the situation on the movie in any way is connected with M. C. Cytacki or his belonging to separate group of people.
“The nature of the film’s action reflects an immature worldview of the author more than the pursuit of incitement to hatred” – said the prosecutor.
Cytacki was not content with the decision of the prosecutor and challenged the case in court, which also dismissed the action motivating that “information on the film is given in the form of humorous”.
Another instance was the Vilnius Regional Court, but there also the application was rejected. Judge Sigita Bieliauskienė made the final and irrevocable decision and said that the prosecutor made the right decision.
“The content of the film is clearly humorous, what in a broader sense is perceived as a story about a certain event and present it in a ridiculous situation, emphasizing the comic features of the phenomenon” – we can read in the court decision.
“After watching the movie I was hurt and I have experienced negative feeling, I think my rights and freedom got broken, security and equality in relation to other people, as well as the honor and dignity” – Cytacki wrote in the complaint.
Translated by Alicja Kępińska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.