Putin’s Russia, in Black and White
Well, maybe this one will do it.
Last week the AFP reported that a Russian ice cream bar was being marketed with the poster shown at left, which declares: “Everybody’s talking about it — darkness inside of whiteness.” It is emblazoned with a likeness of U.S. President Barack Obama.
AFP quoted Andrei Gubaidullin of Voskhod Advertising Agency, who created the ad: “For Russia, this is not racist. It is fun and that’s it. We don’t consider teasing ethnic groups racist. It is just seen as a joke.”
Is this sufficiently blunt trauma for Mr. Obama to wake up and realize the horror of the neo-Soviet state arrayed against him?
If not, there’s more. Much more.
It’s an advertisement for a chain of tanning salons, and proclaims: “A good tan is the most direct path to the presidency.”
Getting the message yet, Mr. Obama? His image has also been used to hawk tooth whiteners.
Sad to say, Obama deserves this. His shameful silence on Russian human rights issues throughout the first two months of his presidency, combined with his ridiculous statements about Russia at his first press conference, have served to crush the life out of the hopes of his admirers that he actually meant what he said about standing up for basic liberal values. So it’s clear that only this kind of blunt trauma could possibly serve to jolt him out of his stupor.
But maybe even this isn’t enough. Maybe Obama needs to see images of blacks being strung up on tree limbs while touting Russian rope manufacturing firms before he will finally realize just who and what he is dealing with in neo-Soviet Russia.
We hope it won’t come to that.