Friday, August 22, 2014

Western Celebrities Visiting Russia Breaking Western Narrative – US Journalist | Analysis & Opinion | RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, August 16 (RIA Novosti) – First-hand stories by Western celebrities who had travelled Russia contradict Western narrative about the country, US journalist Tim Kirby told RIA Novosti.

“If you remember back to the Sochi Olympics, all the magazine covers with barbed wire for the Olympic rings and now they have Stalinesque Putin caricatures and that good ole catch phrase “Russian Aggression” on them. So you can see how Western celebrities who freely travel to Russia and tell their tales contradict this narrative,” Kirby said.

He added that “it is very hard to push a propaganda line that if someone insults Putin they are put in the Gulag or that millions here are starving or some other absurd exaggeration when big name celebrities who hangout in Russia saying the exact opposite from first-hand experience.”

Recently, several US actors popular in Russia spoke highly of the country and its leadership. On Monday, US actor Mickey Rourke, who has a Russian girlfriend, visited Moscow’s upscale GUM store and bought a T-shirt with an image of the Russian president on the front. "If I didn't like him, I wouldn't buy the T-shirt believe me. I met him a couple of times and he was a real gentleman, a very cool regular guy, looked me right in the eye,” the movie star said as quoted by the Independent.

In July, the X-files and Californication star David Duchovny appeared in an advertisement for Russian beer. In the promotional video the actor reflects on what his life could be had he lived in Russia. The ad ends with the actor saying that if he was Russian, he would have many things to be proud of.

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