Former Russian Figure Skater’s Racist Obama Tweet and Weekend Links

Former Russian Figure Skater’s Racist Obama Tweet and Weekend Links

Day 3 of the Olympics and people are still talking about Irina Rodnina, the racist FOV (friend of Vlad) Russian politician, elected to Putin’s United Russia party, and former legendary Olympic figure skater. Apparently, she doesn’t like the Obama’s very much.

Here’s the backstory:

Last September, Irina Rodnina made headlines around the world when she tweeted a Photoshopped pic of Barack and Michelle Obama appearing to stare at a banana. You’ve probably all seen the photo. It’s pretty awful and has been around Facebook quite a while. The photo and tweet outraged the Obama administration and prompted outgoing U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul to denounce Rodnina’s “outrageous behavior, which only brings shame to her parliament and country.” Rodnina did erase the tweet shortly after that, but refused to apologize, making some sort of “freedom of speech” speech, which is entirely ironic coming from a Russian FOV, right?

Here’s Irina Rodnina’s photo tweet.


In spite of this pretty outrageous international incident, Russia still gave the great honor of lighting the Olympic torch this past Friday night to Irina Rodnina, along with fellow Olympian Vladislav Tretyak. The Sochi Games’ organizing committee president and CEO Dmitriy Chernyshenko defended the honor of the racist Rodnina by saying this:

“She is a three-time Olympic champion, one of the most respected in the world of Olympic athletes. I want to stress that Olympics is not about politics, and any political talks about discussions are inappropriate.”

Seriously? That’s pretty lame. When haven’t the Olympics been political? And for the record, everyone who reads our blog knows we are not Obama fans here, but there’s just no place whatsoever to interject racism into the discourse.

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But whatever. So knowing all of this would just add to the whole #SochiFail vibe, why did Vlad choose Irina Rodnina to light the Olympic torch? I don’t really know for sure, but I suspect part of it was a big public “FU, Obama!” for not coming to his “Worst Games Ever” Olympics.

Our “Weekend Links” are below the fold!

Great Weekend Blog Reading Links!

Teach at Pirate’s Cove is blogging about “NY Times: The End Of Snow?”

The Other McCain has many good blog posts up including this one by Stacy on “The Renegade Jesse Myerson”. It’s a must read.

ST at Sister Toldjah has up this post on “#NCPOL: A primer of sorts on the Saturday activist left #MoralMarch in NC”.

Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has up this terrific post today on ““The Patriarchy in Tighty Whities” Week at College Insurrection”.

V the K at Gay Patriot has up this blog post called “Not a Smidgen of Corruption…”. A must see video if you haven’t already.

Glenn Reynolds or Instapundit has many great posts at his blog hub from all over the blogosphere so go check them out! And you can watch Glenn discuss his book “The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself” on John Stossel’s show, here.

Emily at NakedDC has a blog post up called “Skinny Puppy wants royalties for when their music was used as torture at GitMo”. 🙂

Dana at The First Street Journal has up a great post called “We told you so!”.

As always, Michelle Obama’s Mirror has up this fun post “Bliss” in the time of Obama: off grid and down the rabbit hole.”

Jammie at Jammie Wearing Fools has up this post “Sudden Open Carry Proponent Wendy Davis Tried to Block ‘Campus Carry’ Law in 2011″.

Jonn at This Ain’t Hell has up a video called “Walking Tall”. Go watch it!

Evil Blogger Lady has up a lot of great posts today including this one “Sochi Olympic Russian Rule 5 with bonus Bob Costas Rant”.

B5 at Blackfive has up this post called “PFC Mark Deville – Silver Star Awarded for Actions in 1984! – SYSK”.

Carlos at Babalu Blog has up this post “A tale of two morons: Charlie Crist and Bill Maher display their ignorance and bigotry”.

Donald Douglas at American Power has up this blog post on “Fifty Years Later, Audience Members Recall the Beatles on ‘Ed Sullivan Show'”.

Neo at Neo-Neocon is writing about “Grammy glamour”.

and finally, Ace at AoSHQ has up this post on “Some Thoughts on the Tea Party and the Evolution of Political Parties”.

Have a terrific weekend!

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  • Eric says:

    Good for Irina! Anyone who sees “racism” in a banana has mental problems. Good for her for sticking it to Obama, and then not backing down.

    • Kate says:

      Thank you for commenting Eric, but I do see it a bit differently. IMO I think the banana refers to monkeys which has a racial connotation for African Americans. The Obama’s have given us plenty of reasons to go after them without taking cheap racially-charged shots.

  • ALman says:

    Worth a read as well: “Yes, We Can (Say That)” by Mark Steyn.

  • Nina says:

    Somehow I missed the tweet the first go-round. Got a laugh out of it. Yeesh – the O’s have no sense of humor. But then we all know that.

    And yeah, Putin absolutely DOES NOT LIKE Obama. That’s been obvious from the time O set foot in office

    As for ‘the olympics is not political’??!!! On WHAT planet??!!

    Sochi is completely political! From NBC’s fawning “pivotal experiment” crap, the Lenin statue + the Hammer/Sickle being front and center for a significant portion of the opening games, and all of Putin’s maneuvering. Nope. Not political. Move along.

  • Xavier says:

    I still think it’s funny as hell. Hey, it’s not like the liberals didn’t compare ’43 to a chimp every chance they got. Was that racism, and if not, why? Is the banana picture really racism? Do some races have special privilege to accuse others of racism any time their feelings are hurt? (That would be one of those rhetorical questions)

    Kate, I do understand your point but I am So. Freaking. Sick. of the double standards on racism. I’ll close something that’s both amusing and true, and may help show that much of what is labeled racism is simply thin skin and a well developed Pavlovian response.

    The sting of an insult is directly proportional to its accuracy.

  • I didn’t think the picture was funny, and I won’t defend it. But the Left thinks any joke about Sarah Palin – including degrading sexual references about her and her children – is not only acceptable civilized discourse, but hysterically funny.

  • GWB says:

    The tweet is clearly racist. But, so what? The best answer to crap like that is to chuckle a bit at the twit tweeting it, then ignore their rank stupidity. The Obamas, on the other hand, feel the need to make it into an international incident. Pretty soon, I expect to see him pounding on the podium with his shoe………..

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