September 19, 2022

Narrow or Russian?


Narrow or Russian?
This landscape looks oddly familiar... Youtube, SHAMAN

In the midst of the invasion of Ukraine, many Russians have churned out patriotic displays. Some goofier than others.

Take, for instance, the recent music video by singer-songwriter Shaman: "Ya Russky," or "I'm Russian." The video features sweeping shots of Shaman wading through a wheat field and singing about breathing Russian air and celebrating his father's blood, all "in spite of the whole world." It's emotional and moody, made even weirder when a group of aliens show up and jam out in their spaceship.

It currently has over 13 million views on YouTube.

Of course, no unabashed display of patriotism goes unpunished. In response, comedy channel "Chicken Curry" uploaded a song entitled "Ya Uzky," meaning "I'm Narrow." In it, singer Alexander Gudkov laments the daily struggles he faces as a narrow man. The video centers around a computer-rendered Shaman, smushed horizontally.

Oh, may the Russian internet never change.

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