Putin has racist, who depicted Obamas as monkey with banana, light Olympic flame

My god what an awful country.  Russian President Vladimir Putin today selected a woman, who previously depicted President Obama and his wife Michelle monkeys ogling a banana, to light the Olympic flame during the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics, being held in Sochi, Russia.

Russia has a long history of virulent, and violent, racism against blacks, and those they consider black (basically anyone who isn’t blond).  And it would seem odd in a civilized country that one would choose to broadcast one’s hatred of black people to the world during an event that is supposedly about world peace and harmony, but this is Russia.

Russian former figure skater Irina Rodnina lit the flame today.  She also posted this on Twitter a few months ago:

rodnina_tvit_obama

It’s truly amazing how poorly Russia is coming off during these Olympics, what with the ongoing toilet disasters, the overall shoddy condition of the Olympic hotels, and yesterday’s news that the Russians have installed spy-cams in the showers of Olympic hotel guests.

Not only has the world learned how much Russians hate gay and trans people – and we already knew they hate Jews, and basic democratic freedoms – but now we’re learning that Russia a supremely racist country as well.

Russia is so racist that the country’s president thought it funny to use a racist to tweak the President of the United States during the key moment of the Olympics.

What a shameful Olympics this has turned into.

#CheersToSochi

Russian vigilante groups have organized around the country to kidnap young gay people and terrorize them, including this young South African who was held captive and had a watermelon shoved in his face.

Russian vigilante groups have organized around the country to kidnap young gay people and terrorize them, including this young South African who was held captive and had a watermelon shoved in his face.


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