Russians Gobble American Slop
We remember well a cross-borders interview program hosted back during the days of Cold War I by bosom pals Phil Donohue and Vladimir Posner. Holding a microphone to the mouth of a young Soviet lad in a Russian TV studio, Posner gaped on as the youth proceeded to arrogantly decry all the elements of American popular culture as philistine and ignorant, unworthy of Russian attention and indicative of a failed civilization. He was then struck dumb when Posner incoveniently noticed he was wearing a pair of blue jeans.
Russian hypocrisy is so vast and relentless in its permutations that it sometimes manages to surprise even those of us who put out this blog and are steeped in it on a daily basis. So we confess that even we were taken aback somewhat when we learned that in the last week of October 2008 the #1 movie at the Russian box office was something called Major Movie Star, featuring airhead blonde Jessica Simpson. The film — so atrocious that its own cast members have referred to it as one of the worst movies ever made — was banned from distribution in the U.S. because of its embarrassing awfulness, but Russian cats are lapping it up like cream.
Next stop for the movie, Bulgaria — once it’s proved itself good enough for the Bulgarians by testing in the land of Putin.
Meanwhile, Parisians got an eyeful of the “high culture” being generated by Russians as an antidote to American pollution. Russian artist Oleg Kulik is representing his nation in the salons of the City of Light with a display of photographs that “show Kulik naked, appearing to simulate sex with animals.” The French attitude towards art appears to differ somewhat markedly from Russian tastes. They’ve decided he’s a bestial pornographer and confiscated the work.
Click the jump to view a gallery of art Russian style. If, that is, you have the stomach for it. You have been warned.