WHETHER acknowledged or not, the key contest in this presidential election seems to be between presidential-vice-presidential candidates number 1, Anies and Muhaimin, and number 2, Prabowo and Gibran, with the number 3 pairing, Ganjar and Mahfud, being seen as opponents to the second pair. However, the number 2 pair exhibits a hostile and unfriendly attitude, distinct from their behavior towards the third pair. Their emotional and arrogant demeanor is particularly evident in their speech and behavior.

Prabowo’s response to Anies in the first debate was notably emotional, burdened with anger, resulting in disorganized speech and straying far from the issue’s substance. This became a source of humor and entertainment for the public. For instance, Prabowo’s response to a question about ethics relating to Gibran’s candidacy, given Gibran’s relation to Anwar Usman, the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court, was off-topic and even turned into a humorous dance.

Anies also managed to create positive humor, concluding the debate with the phrase “Wakanda No More, Indonesia Forever.”

The vice-presidential debate also had its humorous moments, particularly when vice-presidential candidate number 1, Cak Imin, opened his statement with the word “Slepet.” He explained its meaning as a reminder used in Islamic boarding schools, which is soft but feels hard when used for correction.

The public found the term “Slepet” and the acronym “SGIE” more engaging than the debate itself. The term “Slepet” became a part of conversations and humorous expressions, and the acronym “SGIE” took on unique meanings, like “Sego Goreng Iwak Endog” (Fried Rice with Fish and Egg).

Netizens creatively interpreted “SGIE” in various ways, such as “Susu Gratis Itu Enak” (Free Milk is Delicious), “SGIE yo enak… sego gudeg iwak endog” (SGIE is tasty… rice with jackfruit stew and egg fish), and others.

This surge in public humor and creativity presents a potential “threat” to the entertainment industry, as the political stage has become highly amusing.

According to Drone Emprit’s analysis, Anies and Ganjar received 64% positive sentiment, while Prabowo had the most negative. In the vice-presidential debate, Gibran and Cak Imin enjoyed good positive trends, 70% and 48%, respectively, while Mahfud only had 11%.

Hopefully, this humor in politics will make our democracy healthier, far from fear and anxiety, as expressed by Anies with “Wakanda No More, Indonesia Forever.”

* Isa Ansori, Columnist and Academic, Resides in Surabaya


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