It doesn’t take much for a scandal to erupt in Russia. A host of memes were recently made illegal in the Motherland because they “violate the laws governing personal data and harm the honor, dignity, and business of public figures,” and a twerking video is now being investigated by the Investigative Committee of Russia for “depraved acts.” Hold on to your ushanka!
The Washington Post reports that the clip above was filmed in Orenburg, and it shows “a troupe of girls from the local dance school Credo” twerking with the Russian version of Winnie the Pooh. The women, who might be younger than 18, are dressed like bees… or are they?!?
But was it also a political statement, since they were wearing the orange-and-black striped colors of St. George – which has become a symbol of Russian patriotism and especially, President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party? (Via)
The little girl in Blind Melon’s “No Rain” music video was obviously a reference to “yellow tickets,” the ID given to prostitutes in the Russian Empire, and also to black people, who Russians aren’t exactly rolling out the red carpet for. Anyway, Pavel Astakhov, who owns the intimidating title of the Kremlin’s ombudsman for children’s rights, called the clip “vulgar” and “insulting,” leading the Investigative Committee to look into it for “perverted deeds.”
Worst of all, “twerking class has been canceled.” Oh, bother.