Jill’s re-naming of Russia’s “National Conception Day” as “National Russians Fuck Like Cold, Pale Rabbits In Furry Hats Day” was pretty damn silly. Maybe I’m still smarting over the “when you all die out” comment – but I thought that “Blades of Glory” did a much better job with an former-Soviet-bloc ethnic joke, wherein the stalker character talked about confronting people who carry guns and smell like soup (well, they were making fun of Ukraine there, but we’re interchangeable to most people, really).
I laughed out loud at “Blades of Glory,” and when I read Jill’s thing, the only thing I could think of was “if she made a similar comment about another nationality, I bet there’d be an outcry.” Maybe this is because Jill was trying to be funny while talking about a serious, even painful issue (for me – and anyway I’m a hypocrite, I make fun of serious, painful issues all the time). Dunno. I can gaze at my navel and try to figure out what’s really rubbing me the wrong way here, and if I’m just being a humourless weirdo, but the navel isn’t speaking back to me anyway.
Meanwhile Russia, as the biggest country in the world, is facing a demographics crisis of truly unsettling proportions – and yes, it is something to worry about for such an enormous nation. More importantly – most of my Russian friends are desperate to have kids (I know very few child-free people from Russia, whether by luck of the draw, or whatever), but are unable to do so due to a lack of funds and government support – and yes, a fridge is a very, very practical present for a young family. The political motivation behind National Conception Day this may be twisted – but that sure as hell will not matter to people who cannot afford their own damn appliances.
I can’t get behind policy that promotes childbearing in order to score a new fridge.
Try living without one. Try living in Russia, actually.
While Americans pontificate, Russians have to go on with their lives.
Finally, not all Russians are pale (I don’t really think that Jill thinks so, but, you know, just in case; am always looking out for you, Jill). As I’ve already mentioned – Russia is the biggest country in the world. A huge number of different ethnicities are citizens of Russia, not just Slavs. Hell, my Russian mother looks Greek. One of her sisters looks Mongolian. Their grandfather looked Chechen.
The furry hats are great, especially when it hits -40.
I know, I know, you must be thinking – who possibly needs a fridge then? 😉