Famous women yearn for Putin, and other unlikely tales: Glamorizing right-wing populist actors in the Bulgarian editions of Cosmopolitan and Elle

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Abstract

This analysis identifies the dominant media frames in the coverage of four right-wing populist actors - Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Silvio Berlusconi, and Roman Abramovich - by the Bulgarian editions of Elle and Cosmopolitan. Although the political platforms of these men are not, in fact, anti-establishment, which is the core characteristic of populism, they are referred to as populist actors because of their use of populist tools and discourses to practice so-called “neo-populism from above.” The four men were framed as: (a) carriers of a “golden touch”; (b) sources of profound/ problematic wisdom; and (c) admirable collectors of “trophy” women. The findings are discussed as illustrative of the tabloidization of U.S. women's magazine brands in the post-communist context of Bulgaria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-241
Number of pages18
JournalCentral European Journal of Communication
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Celebritization
  • Populism
  • Post-communist media
  • Right-wing populist actors
  • Women's magazines

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