Hello and hi. Here in London Town, there are two types of Russians. Either they are desperately rich or they are punishingly poor. There is no in-between. Granted, that is a massive generalisation. But it is true. Sort of. That being said, the truth remains that there are plenty of Russians here in London Town. While I have never been to Russia, it is definitely on my bucket list. Our Robbie Williams will NEVER be allowed entry into Russia ever again. Poor lad. Robbie Williams has come out with a new song titled ‘Party like a Russian’ and I can tell you this, the Russian people are none to pleased about it. No, no they are not.
First things first. Robbie Williams is a mega singing superstar. Truth be told, I had never even heard of him before I came to the UK. One day, I innocently asked: ‘who is Robbie Williams?’ Wrong question. No answers-instead, the room fell silent as people cast their eyes on the ground. People quietly got up to leave the table and backed away slowly, while never taking their eyes off of me, as they were too scared to turn their back to me. I am not even joking. That actually happened. Yes. Yes it did.
Robbie Williams (brief bio)
Robert Peter Williams is an English singer songwriter. Born in 1974 he is one cheeky chappie. He was previously a member of the boy band ‘Take That’ from 1990-1995 then again from 2009-2012. Post ‘Take That’ he had massive success as a solo artist. Oh and he is pretty easy on the eyes too. He is the typical ‘bad boy’ and has had loads of ‘relationsips’ with famous ‘birds’ (slang for girls). He is a married Dad of 2 now. Sigh.
Robbie Williams is outspoken, funny and completely and totally himself and doesn’t give a toss about what anyone thinks of him. Like many in his field, he has had previous issues with alcohol and drugs. He is a talented singer and of course, living in LA now. If you do not know who Robbie Williams is (and you live in the UK) something is seriously wrong with you. I mean, I was shunned for like 48 hours, simply because I did not know who he was. Thankfully, all that has changed. In brief, he is a pretty big deal as Williams has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. Wow. Just wow.
Image from http://www.mirror.co.uk
I was recently at a funeral, which Robbie Williams also attended. He sang ‘Moon River’ by Andy Williams, in the church- while someone else sang ‘Angels’ (a Robbie Williams song-that is wildly popular). After the funeral, loads of people were drawn to him and wanted to talk to him and take pictures with him. Kind of tacky, as it was someone’s funeral. I did not speak to him-I mean, he was pretty much flanked by 4 burly security guards-who could have easily snapped my neck, if they wanted to. So, I kept my distance and there were no incidents, and I was able to leave with my life and neck intact.
Like I said. He is pretty easy on the eyes. In fact, he is pretty good looking. Am I right? I think I am. Good looking, good singer and a ‘bad boy’. Total triple threat. For real.
Party like a Russian
This weekend, Robbie Williams new song ‘Party like a Russian’ has pretty much outraged Russia. Yes. Yes, it has. I mean, Russians have bigger problems than Robbie Williams. Please know that I do not have the time nor inclination to speak to you about the myriad of issues that Russia is currently dealing with. But I could, if I wanted to.
Anyway, the song, lyrics and video have got the Russians pretty furious. Yikes. The song is from his new album ‘Heavy Entertainment Show’ -the song: ‘Party like a Russian’ and accompanying video, has Russians outraged, for its crude stereotyping of Russian culture. Oh dear. Robbie Williams has upset the Russians, he soon may be sleeping with fishes, if you know what I mean. Some tabloids in Russia, have suggested that he may NEVER be allowed to perform in Russia again. He is pretty torn up about this (he is not), guess the Russians don’t realise that their dislike and discomfort of his song will only make people go out and buy the CD and watch the video as Robbie Williams laughs all the way to the bank. Duh.
In the video, Williams sings about a certain leader who “alleviates the cash from a whole entire nation, takes loose change and builds his own space station.” He also adds: “Ain’t no refutin’ or disputin’-I’m a modern Rasputin.” In addition, Williams sings to the tune of Dance of the Knights from Sergey Prokofiev’s ballet, Romeo and Juliet. Many in Russia have indicated that his stereotyping of Russian culture can easily be interpreted as borderline racist. Oh dear. Can’t believe the Russians are upset about a VIDEO. They should be upset that they were largely banned from the Olympics. Yes, yes they should
Russian state TV channel Vesti, aired the video and remarked that the Russian theme in the video could actually save/help the singer’s popularity-as in recent years, his popularity was becoming a memory, rather than a reality. Yikes. That started off as a compliment but then went South pretty quickly.
Politician Maria Baranova, added that the video successfully stereotyped a rather small section of Russian society and said “Today’s elites are pleased with the depiction.” Man, was she sitting on the fence there or just being diplomatic? Maybe she wanted to continue to live, so only mildly criticised and praised the video at the same time.
According to The Guardian, at the end of the 1980’s, Soviet TV used Dance of the Knights to accompany political news stories-so many viewers would have associated that music with the end of the USSR, in the lead up to 1999. And while that is all very interesting, it just amazes me that this video has upset the Russians. With that being said, here is the video ‘Party like a Russian.’ Enjoy!