Volodya “Girly Boy” Putin
Vladimir Putin likes to hold himself out to the world as being a tough guy, a macho stud, but in fact he’s not just a girly man, he’s more like a girly little boy.
Case in point: When Iron Man II opened in China — it’s yet another film, like The Bourne Supremacy or Eastern Promises or Indiana Jones or RocknRolla, that features a Russian villain as Russia descends once again into neo-Soviet darkness — the Chinese censored all the references to Russia.
In a hilarious charade that’s being mocked by Chinese movie-goers, China apparently decided that if it were to allow a movie to screen as written making references to a villain being from Russia (in the film, depicted by Mickey Roarke in rare sleazeball form), the Russians would get offended. Apparently, based on their course of dealings with Vladimir Putin, this is the conclusion that the Chinese have reached.
And who’s to say they are wrong? The world has already watched Putin shut down every critical venue on Russian broadcast television, starting with the “Kukli” political satire program that dared to depict Russia’s supreme ruler in doll form. Putin jailed Mikhail Khodorkovsky rather than be publicly criticized and challenged for the presidency by him. He murdered Anna Politkovskaya and Natalia Estemirova and Stanislav Markelov for mocking his authority.
So why wouldn’t Putin be shocked and offended to see China, which only allows a tiny handful of foreign movies to screen in its theaters each year, release a movie that recognizes a villain to be Russian? Putin is, of course, a childish coward who is no more capable of facing civil dissent than were any of his Soviet or Tsarist predecessors, and he is more than capable of lashing out in self-destructive fashion against anyone who might dare to question his authority.
That Russia is led by such an immature little thug goes a long way towards explaining why Russians don’t rank in the top 125 countries of the world for life expectancy, have no credible allies and work for $3/hour.