Russian Figure Skater Tweets Racist Obama Photo
SMH at how out of pocket the Russians have been and the Olympics JUST STARTED!
According to Mashable:
Friday’s rather spectacular opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was capped by the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic Cauldron. This is a huge honor, one that Russia bestowed upon acclaimed figure skater Irina Rodnina and hockey legend Vladislav Tretyak. Rodnina is also a member of parliament of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia political party.
The lighting itself went smoothly, but another problem soon arose: In a matter of minutes, people began realizing that Rodnina posted a racist, doctored photo of Barack and Michelle Obama on Twitter just five months ago. The tweet, which has since been deleted, caused a stir when Rodnina first posted it on Sept. 13, 2013. The photo depicted the Obamas sitting together at an event, the president with his mouth apparently full of food. In the photo Rodnina tweeted, an image of a banana had been superimposed onto the foreground of the photo, making it seem as though the Obamas were staring intently at the piece of fruit. In some parts of Europe, including Russia, it’s not uncommon for black soccer players to be insulted with fruit and monkey sounds by fans at matches.
Rodnina tweeted the photo without any added commentary, then deleted it soon after backlash flared.
When asked about the tweet shortly after it posted, Rodnina implied the criticism was a conspiracy organized by an opposing political party, according to The Guardian, and posted a followup tweet that read, “Freedom of speech is freedom of speech, and you should answer for your own hang-ups.”
Wow. Does this surprise you??? Discuss…