Monday, November 16, 2009

"Putin wins respect at hip-hop party"...

Everything about that sentence is baffling.

So I was trawling the netarwebs, looking for my next blog post, when I found an article from Reuters about...well, Putin winning respect at a hip-hop party. Unfortunately, the Russian Prime Minister was not there to perform. The Battle for Respect is some kind of hip-hop awards show hosted by the Russian equivalent of MTV, called Muz TV, and Vladimir Putin was there to present awards to winners. According to the article, Putin also had a "stern message" about healthy living for attendees: "'I do not think that 'top-rock' or 'down-rock' breakdance technique is compatible with alcohol or drugs,' Putin told cheering hip-hoppers who responded with chants of 'Respect, Vladimir Vladimirovich.'" The article speculates that the purpose of the appearance was to boost the PM's flagging ratings, but his spokesman denied that this was the case.

I was really hoping for a video or at least an audio clip of Putin breakdancing and/or totally thrashing some kid in a rap battle, and now you are, too.

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