COMMENTARY: The video scene is going viral: Russia's prime minister, Vladimir Putin, is ineptly playing the piano and painfully singing "Blueberry Hill" at a charity event this week in St. Petersburg. He gets a rousing ovation from Hollywood stars including Sharon Stone, Mickey Rourke, Goldie Hawn, and Kurt Russell.
From the moment Putin takes the stage, they stand up and show their adoration for a man who really is a swell guy -- when he's not ordering people to be thrown out of windows or shot in their doorways. When the camera cuts to the audience during his nails-on-chalkboard performance, the stars have enraptured, ecstatic looks -- like they were at Frank Sinatra's final performance.
Perhaps they're just ignorant of foreign affairs (Hollytrash celebs, go figure). I, as a Russian-born American citizen, follow the situation more closely. But still, there's no excuse for them puckering up on TV and kissing the ass of that bloody dictator.
It's yet another example of some of our most cherished gay icons shining their star power on some of the world's worst people.
Don't they -- or their handlers, know how to use Wikipedia? Did Sharon Stone not realize she was flashing a victory sign to an ex-KGB agent, an eternal Communist, and a historical revisionist? (Now he is forcing Russia's teachers to portray Josef Stalin -- who murdered at least 8 million of his own people in Siberian gulags -- as a good leader and the savior of Russia.)
Look him up, Sharon. When Putin became president and then prime minister of Russia, he jailed, tortured, abducted, and killed political opponents and reporters who covered stories on organized crime, and corruption. He closed newspapers,and teargassed even the smallest of protests and antigovernment demonstrations. The man is so vengeful that he, in the good Bolshevik tradition, sent assassins after his political opponents in Western capitals.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/v/IV4IjHz2yIo?fs=1&hl=en_US expand=1 site_id=25879312]
If it were any Republican singing, these celebs would be either booing or barfing -- not that they would attend such an event, no matter how worthy the cause.
The video is worth watching. A chimp could play the piano better than Putin. Yet he is a Renaissance man in his own mind. And our Hollywood trash's adoration is steroids to his ego.
Why is it that Hollywood is always in bed with these heartless dictators? Sean Penn, in just the last several years, visited such rulers as Raul Castro and Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez.
This was a genius way for Putin to buy good publicity, as Russia suffers one failure in the international arena after another. It's also a way make the Russian people think the world actually likes him. The real problem is that such a display discourages Russia's liberal opposition (or whatever is left of it), and is a slap in the face to those dissidents who are rotting in jails, and suffering torture that makes waterboarding look like a snorkeling trip.
That brainless onetime starlet Sharon Stone once said that the earthquake in China (which killed thousands of people) was a punishment from God for their abuses against the Tibetans. If God does exist, I truly hope that he punishes Sharon Stone and all the other Hollywood celebrities at the event.
Keep in mind, while they were cheering on Putin, Russian police were brutally suppressing several hundred protesters in Moscow that were calling for human rights denied them by the very man enjoying the warm embrace of Hollywood's elite.
I hope the gay community will watch the video but not turn it into a remix. We should know better than to dance with devils.