Lady Gaga, puppet of US gay propaganda machine

by Toby Manhire / 07 July, 2011
Pravda.ru is reliably unhinged in its latest conspiracy theory - but who could forget the one about the sad, drunk bear.
This just in: Lady Gaga is a propaganda tool of the United States, deployed in far off places to promote homosexuality. For Pravda.ru, the pop star’s recent remarks at EuroPride about the lack of protections for gay people in Russia, and Hillary Clinton's confirmation that a US envoy played an "instrumental" role in clearing the way for Gaga to play the Rome festival add up to the headline: “The West uses homosexuality to undermine Russian family traditions”.

“This is a form of intervention [by] a neoliberal society,” rages Maksim Shevchenko, a journalist and member of Russia’s Public Chamber. He has more to say, as quoted by Pravda.ru:

The goal of that is to undermine the traditional basis of the Russian society, its gender nature. They want to turn humans into the creatures fixated on sexual and psychic drama.


Obtruding homosexuality on Russia is an element of Satanic pagan perversion, so one must show strong resistance to this intervention. They say that we are suppressing some sort of minorities. Is it really so? Human sexuality is an intimate and private issue. No one is persecuting anyone for their personal preferences. However, if it becomes a political matter, it is no longer a personal matter of certain individuals.


Pravda.ru is not connected with the notorious former Soviet state organ Pravda. But Pravda does, of course, means Truth, and as with any title that includes the word “truth”, readers are well advised to be ready for fiction.

According to a citation for the Russia Yaroslavl Global Policy Forum last year, Pravda.ru was founded in 1999, and “Editorial staff define its policy as 'statist'.”


And:

It's a quality online newspaper with daily audience over than 250 thousand looking through more than 1.5 million pages.


“Quality” is not a word that can comfortably be used to describe Pravda.ru – though they could certainly argue that they outdo the News of the World in the ethics stakes. The site lurches about in a world of weirdness, hyperbole and xenophobia (it has a particular beef with the British and the BBC, which it relishes describing ad nauseam as “the British Bullshit Corporation”).

But there is one story from Pravda.ru that transcends everything. It dates from 2001, and it is about a sad bear called Potapych. A sad bear called Potapych with a drinking problem. It seems not to be on the Pravda.ru site any longer, but in searching about for it I discovered the text (I remember there also being a photograph), which I’m pasting below. On that search I also discovered, delightedly, that someone has made an animated film about the bear. So here’s the story, in its glorious entirety, with the film beneath. Only the hardest hearts could fail to be moved.

About a third of its seven-year life, bear Potapych was boozing. As a bear-cub, he was bought by a successful businessman who wanted to impress his friends with his haughty manners, and they kept the bear in his villa.


Though, later, the businessman was imprisoned, and the bear stood in the villa with his caretaker, uncle Misha. Uncle Misha loved the bear in his own way, feeding him and giving him drink. They even drank together: uncle Misha was a drunkard, so Potapych took to alcohol too. Potapych even got accustomed to drinking from a glass.


In the evening, the bear was usually drunk and sometimes he went out of the fence and followed passing people. In the morning, he had a hang-over and uncle Misha gave him something drink again. Local people preferred to avoid meeting the bear. Afterwards, the bear even stared to attack people.


Therefore, workers of zoo of the State Cinema Fund, feeling sorry for the bear, decided to take Potapych. Uncle Misha made a farewell banquet for his booze companion; therefore, the bear was completely drunk when the workers of zoo arrived to take him.


The next morning, Potapych had a hangover and was depressed. He did not want to eat. The workers of the zoo-base were afraid the bear would die. All the more, it was very famished. So zoo workers decided to gradually reduce the doze of alcohol in the bear’s daily ration to break the animal of the bad habit. At first, the bear was very weak, though later he cheered up. After a month, the bear was cured of his alcoholism and turned to milk.


The bear put on weight and became similar to its brethren, though it is still behind normal bears in terms of weight and size. Zoo worker Tatyana Yarkina, looking after Potapych, says that the bear's psyche is disturbed, so she needs to keep paying constant attention to the animal. However, she is optimistic about its future and considers Potapych to be a good bear.


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