Even in Russia You Can’t Insult the Dear Leader

Posted by on Nov 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Poor Tatyana Limanov. She apparently didn’t get the memo that insulting Barack Obama is forbidden. Even though he might be a bumbling incompetent, showing him the international symbol of disrespect is just over the top. Even when it’s not intended for him.

A top Russian female newsreader who appeared to defiantly show US President Barack Obama her middle finger during a live newscast has been fired. Online footage of the incident involving news anchor Tatyana Limanova went viral in both Russia and the West causing REN TV, her employer, huge embarrassment.

To broadcast bosses’ horror, Ms Limanova was caught mechanically raising her left arm and showing the camera her raised middle finger after referencing US President Barack Obama.

REN TV, a privately owned channel controlled by associates of Vladimir Putin, the prime minister, said on Thursday it had decided to take her off air calling her actions “unacceptable” and “unprofessional”.

“On 14 November during the ‘News 24’ programme the presenter Limanova made an unacceptable gesture that was a synonym for an offensive expression,” it said in a statement.

The channel, which is broadcast to 120 million people, claimed the gesture was intended for her colleagues in the studio rather than for President Obama.

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13 Responses to “Even in Russia You Can’t Insult the Dear Leader”

  1. Beckgal on 24/24/11 at 3:59 pm

    Uh-huh. I’m sure this one finger salute was meant for her coworkers because the messiah is so gosh darn beloved and popular the world over!

  2. Gmac on 24/24/11 at 5:50 pm

    If the RNC doesn’t hire her they’re missing a prime publicity oportunity to point out that dear leader is responsible for her unemployment.

  3. Joeri on 24/24/11 at 6:16 pm

    “a bumbling incompetent” ?
    I think he is a too much “nice guy” to be president of a country that historically has a long streak of assholes running it, but he is definitely not incompetent.
    The black ducks just close him in is that the white duck can’t play. Pathetic, that half of the US actually voted year on year on those “bumbling” black ducks. The whole financial failure of the world governments is based on the US principle: waste as much money as you can, because we can always print more.. Problem is, that only works if you are the US.

  4. Casey on 24/24/11 at 9:36 pm

    I’ve read elsewhere that she thought she was just doing voice-over, and not on video. Hence she felt free to flip the bird to someone behind the camera who was screwing with her.

    Just think of Ron Burgundy. :)

    That said, doesn’t matter if you like Obama or not; flipping the bird on a national network will pretty much guarantee a pink slip. I was hoping they would just “reprimand” her, and put her in the booth for a while. Too bad.

  5. Blargsmash on 25/25/11 at 9:07 am

    Limanova, Russian doesn’t have Mr. or Mrs. To help distinguish between male and female all Russian women’s names, first and last end with a vowel. There is also a difference in the patronymic name.

    Conversely, Russian male names don’t end in vowels.

  6. Fuzzlenutter on 25/25/11 at 1:26 pm

    It will be a wonderful, wonderful day when Comrade Zero and his ugly, mutant wife are a horrible, horrible, obscure memory…

  7. rich b on 25/25/11 at 4:01 pm

    I suppose it could be worse. She could have given Putin the finger and ended up in a Gulag. Instead of insulting the Russian douchebag, she insulted ours (Omama) instead.

    You go girl (pun not intended).

  8. Tom Hilton on 25/25/11 at 11:16 pm

    Nice to see that all you so-called “conservatives” hate the President more than you love America. It does make things simpler to have opponents as deranged as you people are.

  9. Casey on 26/26/11 at 2:27 am

    Don’t flatter yourself, or your idol, Tommy. It’s not worth the time or effort to hate that idiot in the White House. Hell, he makes Jimmy Carter look positively intelligent.

  10. rich b on 26/26/11 at 12:42 pm

    Dear Tom Hilton – did you ever stop to think that she may have had a point. And btw, I do love my country – hence my hate of the Omama regime.

  11. Skip on 26/26/11 at 12:49 pm

    I suppose we all now know where littleTom Hilton has his head.

    We ‘dislike’ the current President precisely because we love America and he has proven to anyone paying attention…he doe not!