Robbie Williams comes good…first time ever

The Russians are attacking Robbie Williams for his latest video.

It was not reports from the war in Syria or the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that outraged Russians at the weekend, but a new music video by Robbie Williams.

Released to accompany the song Party Like a Russian, from his new album, Heavy Entertainment Show, the video outraged viewers for its crude stereotyping of Russian culture, with some tabloids suggesting the singer would never be able to perform in Russia again. ?

In the video, Williams sings about a leader who ?alleviates the cash from a whole entire nation, takes loose change and builds his own space station,? and adds: ?Ain?t no refutin? or disputin? – I?m a modern Rasputin?, while women dressed as ballerinas dance around him.

Singing to the tune of Dance of the Knights from Sergey Prokofiev?s ballet Romeo and Juliet, some viewers suggested the level of stereotyping displayed in the video could be interpreted as borderline racist.

The Russian state TV channel Vesti aired a special segment on the video, explaining that the Russian theme was all that could save a singer whose popularity ?in recent years was becoming a memory rather than a reality?.

The popular tabloid newspaper Life published an ?expert panel? claiming that Williams would never again be invited to perform in the country because, though abrasive humour and self-mockery is fine for Russians, foreigners can?t get away with it.

Roman Popkov, who works for exiled oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, said he thought the video was ?shit because it imparts the puny, vulgar Russian elite, which has nothing to do with aesthetics, beauty or romanticism?.

After speculation that the song was obliquely criticising the Russian president,Vladimir Putin, Williams was quick to tell fans on Twitter the song ?is definitely not about Mr Putin?, and told the Sun that it is merely underlining the fact that ?Russians are ridiculously good partiers?.

Seems they are rather sensitive.

He’s probably relieved he won’t have to travel to Russia again.


-The Guardian