Manolo says, although, the peoples in the audience seemed to enjoy it…
Manolo loves the shoes!
He may be in my top 5 of awesome cougar meat…
This is just sad. I had a lot more respect for Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner before watching this.
This is exactly what the Manolo thought, that these people (to whom the Manolo was previously favorably inclined) were debasing themselves before the odious dictator.
Such displays of sycophancy are nothing of which to be proud, indeed, the person of any conscience would feel intense shame at being thusly exposed.
Quoting Richard Fernandez (of the Belmont Club):
Putin is a real modern day alpha wolf. The leader of the band, or gang, which maybe amounts to the same thing. And the alphaness makes up, in its own way, for everything else. Even the Hollywoodies know that. When the big man sings, a spontaneous vibe makes itself felt. You just feel like singing along, and you yourself are amazed by the spontaneity of your hands and feet in toe-tapping response.
Clap, or I’ll use my KGB thumb squeeze technique to strangle you!
Well, the KGB has a different role than American Idol. This certainly proves it.
Phil Collins looks good, but his voice has really gone downhill!
You must clap or NKVD sniper will shoot.
I think y’all are being hard on the audience. Karaoke etiquette calls for enthusiastic applause even if the performance is terrible. I haven’t heard of an exception for when odious people take the mic.
in soviet russia entertainment watches you!
Even his band members look like KGB thugs. What the helll are those people doing in the same room with that gangster?
Holy mother of God. Some things can never be unheard. The real musicians look completely chagrined. Also, the audience is clapping on the 1 and the 3.
He’s got the backup babes – give them instruments and let him do Robert Palmer.
Hey! No hatin’ on my second-favorite dictator. #1 being, of course, noted fashionista (fascionista?) Muammar Kaddhafi.
As the Manolo once said of the Qadaffi
Naturally there is the exception that proves the rule, the one dictator who knows how to rock the clothing. The man who in his prime was the movie-star handsome tyrant with the mythic fashion sense.
The Manolo is speaking, of the course, about the Mu’amar al-Qaddafi, who has eschewed the cheap gangster look, preferring in the stead to wear the flowing natural-fibers and earth-toned robes favored by both the Bedouins of the Sahara and the Jedi Knights of Tatooine.
And when he was not sporting the Bedouin robes, the Qaddafi he wears the kinte-cloth dashikis! And he had the personal bodyguard comprised entirely of the super hotty she-devils!
Somewhere there must be the perfect foil for the Qaddafi, some Austin Powers-like figure who can match him thread-for-thread, and handle him and his purple-camo fembots. Any suggestions?
Context: this was a charity dinner in St. Petersburg to raise money for children with cancer. Multiple attendees where taking turns entertaining; Putin was one of these attendees. He did something self-effacing and completely out of character which made people laugh and clap.
With the amount of vodka and caviar blini that Kurt and Goldie had probably consumed, I’m just impressed that they can clap. I don’t know why they were there at all, but since they came, they’re sort of obliged to get into the karaoke thing.
Most ordinary Russians are actually expected to know how to sing and play an instrument of some sort, and a lot of them are pretty good. So it’s interesting that Putin would reveal how bad a singer he is; he’s not fooling anyone, least of all himself.
This may go along with Putin refusing to admit that he’d ever listened to any Beatles music back in his KGB days, when their music was illegal in the USSR.
The Manolo’s friends may also enjoy Vladimir Putin: Dictator Doolittle
For someone slightly less powerful but more musically talented, here‘s Canada’s Stephen Harper.
gotta give the guy props for having guts..he’ll try anything.
Vlad and the Impalers!