I thought the virtue-signaling, mindless attack on all things Russian crossed the line into bigotry and persecution when an eminent Russian-born conductor lost his job with two German orchestras because he refused to publicly condemn Vladimir Putin. (I wouldn’t publicly condemn Satan if an employer ordered me to. That would be submitting to an abuse of power.) Then the Met fired a principal soprano for the same reason, and things really got weird.
Bars and restaurants started banning vodka. Russian cat breeds were banned from cat shows. A popular french fries with cheese curds and gravy dish was taken off menus in France and Canada because the name for it sounded like “Putin.” Today, the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra has removed Tchaikovsky from its upcoming concert because, the announcement said, playing compositions by the Russian composer, who died in 1893 is considered by the orchestra ‘to be inappropriate at this time.’
I assume that all of the 55 Russian composers listed in Ira Gershwin’s lyrics (rattled off above by Danny Kaye) have to be banned as well. Next will be Russian foods, like borscht, though presumably Chicken Kiev is safe. My son is Russian: what is stopping his employer from deciding that employing a full-blooded Moscow lad is “inappropriate at this time”?
How many people, products and valuable components of society completely unrelated to the Ukraine invasion have to suffer so petty people can puff up their chests and claim that they “care” and have done “something” to show their disdain for Putin? I used to be amazed at the stories about Americans killing dachshunds during the Great War. I was shocked when I first learned that FDR and the Supreme Court allowed loyal Japanese Americans to be caged during the Second World War. But upon reflection, I should have seen this coming.
Being offended has become the #1 power play in society, and so many seek to magnify their puny, risk-free, fearful and petty lives by grandstanding…and they don’t care about the collateral damage. They show that they are the good people by snubbing a Russian Wolfhound, or throwing out their DVD of “Fantasia” because it includes “The Nutcracker” and “Night on Bald Mountain.”
What do YOU think, Major Clipton?