“The World is Unfair”

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 at 8:40 am

Such is life when you allegedly insult Barack Obama. Had she only done this when George W. Bush was president she’d be a worldwide celebrity.

In her first interview on the subject with the Western press, Tatyana Limanova insisted that the middle finger had not been an insult but an indication to the television crew to raise the autocue.

Miss Limanova said she had not been brought up to make rude gestures and that most people had reacted to a simple misunderstanding with humour. She was horrified to discover that she had become known worldwide for the incident.

“The world is unfair,” she told The Daily Telegraph. “I did not consider it necessary to justify myself (at the time) because it was so absurd. You can either take it seriously or view it as a curious incident. Most people in Russia reacted to it with humour.

“I really did not enjoy the celebrity. I am quite a private person and I was happy to remain famous in only narrow professional circles. It was unpleasant.”

Speaking about her sacking by Russia’s REN TV channel she added: “They summoned me on the day it happened for an explanatory chat and said they would be considering my future and then thought about it for a long time. After it went viral on the internet they fired me.”

She wants the world to know she doesn’t hate Obama. A lot of good that does.

Miss Limanova insisted she had no cause to insult Mr Obama. “I have a completely neutral view of him,” she said. She also utterly rejected the idea that her gesture was a sign of anti-Americanism. “Russians do not hate Americans and the Kremlin did not phone me and tell me to do it,” she added, clearly exasperated.

Maybe she’d be forgiven if she just purchased some Obama gear. She might look good in some Obama yoga pants.


12 Responses to ““The World is Unfair””

  1. Quayle on 28/28/11 at 6:57 pm

    I’m sorry but one simply doesn’t insult with immunity the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize when he is engaged in four simultaneous wars.

  2. Andrew on 28/28/11 at 7:17 pm

    Quayle on 28/28/11 at 6:57 pm

    You posted a funny!

    He is a nobel peace prize winner? Yes, no caps, that is the amount of respect I have for those stupid norwegians.

    Norwegians are stuck in the dark ages. And not very prescient!

  3. Wes S. on 28/28/11 at 7:19 pm

    Well, I too reacted to Tatiana’s wayward finger “with humour,” too.

    Funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time.

    Wonder if Rupert Murdoch has room for another babe in his Fox News stable? Brush up on your English skills, Tatiana…


  4. Willy on 28/28/11 at 8:00 pm

    The left was celebrating when an Iraqi reporter threw a shoe at George Bush (which he deftly ducked). Now we can prepare for their lectures about “civility” again, especially considering that we’re approaching the 1 year anniversary of the shooting of Gaby Giffords.

  5. McGehee on 28/28/11 at 8:43 pm

    ‘Miss Limanova insisted she had no cause to insult Mr Obama. “I have a completely neutral view of him,” she said.’

    There’s your trouble, Miss Limanova; when you’re in the media, a neutral view is insulting to Obama — you must be unreservedly adulatory at all times or the axe will fall.

  6. rk on 28/28/11 at 8:53 pm

    I’m not buying any of this. She’ll wind up with a cushy job higher up in the Russian apparatus. I mean please, this was more or less coincident with Mendelev’s (?) bluster about missile defense.

  7. Spaceman Spiff on 28/28/11 at 8:54 pm

    I routinely flip zippy off when he appears on my tv: first with my middle finger and then with the remote control.

  8. Cobacoba98 on 28/28/11 at 9:39 pm

    Obama scratched his nose with his middle finger in speeches, which some thought we sly ways of flipping people off.

  9. Mike Lee on 29/29/11 at 4:10 am

    Where’s Gloria Allred when you need her?
    C’mon, Gloria. Here’s a woman who was fired for no good reason – probably by evil men!

    I think she’s hot. Playboy spread? :)