I’m breaking my long blog hiatus just because. Well, because hubbs showed me this article (in Romanian), which I proceeded to search feverishly for in English, but it seems no one has really picked it up. Here’s the deal, the movie Captain America is about to come out in Russia, and leading up to the premier, these posters showed up in Moscow. They’re pictures of President Medvedev as “Captain Russia” – only, dressed as Captain America (and holding a MacBook?). The text says, “Captain Russia: The First Ruler” (a take-off on the movie’s tagline, The First Avenger).
I’m not sure what’s funnier – the superhero complex inherent in the ads, the fact that the head of state of Russia is in an American iconic costume, or that Captain America’s shield has been replaced by a MacBook. But no worries, it gets worse (or better?). Another ad portrays Putin, the head of the communist party, as James Bond. This is no joke – these are real posters up in Moscow today.
What’s really disturbing is Putin’s history with the KGB, in which he was a spy. And an assassin of sorts. Maybe not the 007-type of assassin, but he left a trail of corpses in defense of the Party. I’d have to call this really poor taste, but then, Russian politicians have never been known for having good taste.
As if that weren’t enough, Russian real estate firm Capital Group turns Obama into an icon for economic failure with this tongue-in-cheek ad, asking “So, who else is living at home?”: