At last. The last edition of the so-called “Life Ball” in Vienna will take place on 8 June, and that will be the end of it. Good riddance.
Despite its name (which in fact evidences once more the tendency of cultural revolutionaries to manipulate language to such an extent that black becomes white and white becomes black), the Life Ball was actually a gruesome self-exhibition of the Culture of Death with all its decadence, insanity, and filth. And of course it was, contrary to the organisers’ pretensions, by no means a “charity event”. As one has read in the newspapers these days, it paid out around 30 million Euro for “charity purposes” over a period of 27 years, which was far less than the public subsidies that were poured into it by the government of the City of Vienna alone. The true reason for the city to sponsor the event was that it attracted a host of wealthy sodomites to visit the city and spend on average 600 Euro on the ball event as well as in local hotels, brothels, and other venues. The annual direct subsidy was 900K Euro; in addition, the city allowed the orgy to take place in the town hall and on the town hall square without requesting any payment – an additional advantage worth an estimated 180K Euro.
True charity would have been to silently give that money to needy HIV-victims (many of whom were in fact themselves responsible for their affliction) and abstain from organising an orgiastic presentation that promoted and celebrated precisely the sexual misdemeanours to which the HIV/AIDS pandemic owed its very existence. It may safely be assumed that the mere non-existence of the decadent celebration would have spared thousands the misfortune of contracting HIV/AIDS.
The reason why the story of the Life Ball ends now is, on the one hand, that the PR-value of the event has been steeply decreasing, while, on the other hand, the organizers have greedily pushed for even more subsidies. In the end the new mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, came to realise that it is not the lunatic fringe of LGBT-identitarians that can help him to win the next elections; instead, he must ensure that his Socialist Party remains appealing for normal citizens. The Life Ball risked becoming a major obstacle for his re-election.
The following are some excerpts from the Austria daily paper Kurier, which we have translated to provide some background that the international press so far hasn’t reported:
Outwardly it is loud, shrill and demonstratively cheerful. Behind the scenes, however, there’s nothing to laugh about organizers, sponsors and supporters of the Life Ball.
Since organizer Gery Keszler behind has or less more or less openly blamed the City of Vienna, and more concretely Mayor Michael Ludwig (SPÖ), for having closed down the ball, there is now also some openly expressed anger over the “Gery Keszler system” as many call it. There is talk of “emotional blackmail” as well as of greed, of injured vanity and of unpaid kerosene.
But in turn: It was not so long ago that Gery Keszler and the city were still pretending unity. When the town hall tower was covered with an art installation on the occasion of the Life Ball at the beginning of April, the world still seemed in order.
A little later there was suddenly an emergency meeting. The Life Ball board sat opposite representatives of the city. There request: more money. Much more money.
In addition to the 900,000 euros that the city spends to sponsor the Life Ball each year, the Board of Directors asked for an additional guarantee of approximately 300,000 euros. Without such guarantee of the city, the event would not receive the seal of quality that makes it eligible for tax-free donations.
But that was not the only requirement: The city of Vienna should pay another 500,000 to one million euros in taxpayers’ money, or at least help in the search for sponsors, the organisers reportedly requested. Without this additional funding, “the ball would be finished”, and the representatives of the city government would be to blame. The city refused the request, taking the announcement “for one of the usual threatening gestures for which Gery Keszler is known”.
But Keszler was serious. The ball, which will take place this year on 8 June in the Vienna City Hall, will be the last.
The first ball took place in 1992, already then in cooperation with the city. The then city councilor Renate Brauner bears the honorary title “Mother of the Life Ball”. Soon, however, the relationship turned cloudy. While the ball became more successful from year to year, Keszler increased his demands for. Until recently, the city provided him with the rooms in the town hall for free. Including construction and dismantling works that cost the public sector 180,000 euros, they say. The staff costs are not even included.
Even more than his financial demands, Keszler’s style of conversation increasingly raised eyebrows: The sponsors were treated “in an increasingly insulting and degrading manner that became worse from year to year,” says a business partner. And: Not a few of his employees have suffered burnouts, hardly anyone lasted more than a year. All this was not well received by the sponsors.
One hears of sponsor meetings that Keszler left after one minute with an disinterested expression on his face. And of promised VIP tickets that never reached their recipients. When the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 meant that Keszler had no exclusive use of the Town Hall, he even announced that he would not be holding the ball the following year.
He also left scorched earth behind with regard to Austrian Airlines (AUA), which brought Keszler’s star guests to Vienna and assumed part of the costs. According to AUA, a sponsor who had borne the kerosene costs pulled the emergency brake. Very short term, as they say: the workforce – even those directly involved in the cooperation – learned about it at the last minute. Officially, people at the AUA are reluctant to talk about the subject: “It was simply not easy to get together economically”.
In general, engagement for the ball is unlikely to be profitable for many investors: Expenditure exceeds the measurable advertising value, you hear. Ultimately, Keszler failed to convince Michael Ludwig that the City Council should compensate him for the loss of sponsoring from the private sector.
And here is some more information, which is quite revelatory with regard to the “cultural elite” that Keszler invited to provide some “glamour” to the orgy:
The cleaning crew did not believe their eyes when they boarded the aircraft that had just arrived from Vienna: it was devastated. In the mess, the staff found “all kinds of things that have lost nothing on board” – cocaine, used condoms, and syringes.
Star guests of the Life Ball had left shortly before.
For years, Austrian Airlines (AUA) carried the prominent visitors as cooperation partner of Life Ball organizer Gery Keszler. The list of stars attending the charity event is long – ranging from Elton John to Vivienne Westwood, Kylie Minogue, Ivana Trump and Adrien Brody to Dita von Teese and Naomi Campbell. Ex-US President Bill Clinton came several times.
Ultimately, the escapades of the stars and starlets were too much for the AUA management: “The aircraft looked as if a wild orgy had been taking place during the flight” they say in crew circles. The machine had to go through a special cleaning. “We cannot and must not allow such things to go on in an airborne aircraft” they say.
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