Wednesday, January 7, 2009
VIRAL VIDEO OF THE DAY - ROMANIAN PM FALLS OFF STAGE
The footage, seen by hundreds of thousands of fans, shows Emil Boc walking onto a transparent plastic stage to greet the host and another female guest. Mr Boc is then seen striding past them before plunging 15ft down into a pit next to a gap in the stairs. The Prime Minister, 42, continued with the show on Antena TV but was treated for a heavily bruised backside. Now six years later, tapes of the show have come back to haunt the politician since he was sworn in as the former communist state's prime minister last month. The new prime minister has faced a barrage of taunts from fellow MPs since the video emerged. Opposition MPs pretend to fall over whenever he enters a room and others rub their rear ends in mock pain when he talks. In October a South African MP suffered a similarly embarrassing fate when his chair collapsed during a live parliamentary review programme. In footage leaked to YouTube, Nhlanhla Nene can be seen tumbling to the ground after his chair collapsed during an appearance on a political show on the SABC2 channel. The camera immediately cut to the presenter, who carried on talking without even registering her guest’s disappearance beneath his desk with a smile.