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Joke of Volodymyr Zelensky, the host of the Ukrainian TV comedy production team Kvartal 95, in the Latvian city of Jurmala turned into a scandal and an offended a large number of citizens. Ukrainian showman said that “Ukraine reminds of the German actress in adult movies.” And Ukraine decided not to forgive him such a joke.
Oleg Lyashko, leader of the Radical Party, posted firewood in fire; he proposed to ban Zelensky from performing for indecent jokes about Ukraine. "He would better advertise the lights of Kremlin in Moscow," noted outraged politician.
What exactly Zelensky said during the performance? "With regard to loans, Ukraine reminds of the German actress in adult movies - it is ready to accept anybody in any amount from any side," he said. Ukraine’s social media condemned this joke, because Ukraine was depicted as a "miserable" state, which is begging for money all around. There were also many parodies of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko.
However, the show would not have a resonance if Kvartal 95 performed it in Ukraine, not abroad. The story of Ramzan Kadyrov comes to mind, when the actor apologized to the head of Chechnya for an inappropriate joke. Then Kvartal 95 used footage from sad Kadyrov during prayer.
Zelensky noted that his joke that caused a stormy debate has only one sense: "It is a joke about the actions of our rulers, our power, not about people and not about our country. Do not try to be cultural archaeologists and seek in the works of Kvartal 95 something that does not exist. We love our country and with each of our programs fight for its freedom, freedom of speech."
Yesterday, Kvartal 95 published an official statement on the situation. The team said that they were subjected to a "campaign, which adhers the tradition of dirty political technologies: paid up articles and comments in social media."
Now social networks are literally divided into two camps. Some offer to punish Zelensky by sending him to Moscow, while the others say that such jokes are just usual style of Kvartal 95.
There is a third opinion. These people are happy with the scandal with Zelensky, because now the theme of the new apartment of MP Serhiy Leshchenko is receded.
Therefore, not all the "i" are dotted in this story. At least there was no response from the Ministry of Information Policy and the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio.