Monday, September 16, 2013

Russian Lawmaker Accused of Racism over Altered Obama Photo

Former Olympic figure skating champion Irina Rodnina, currently Member of Parliament in Moscow, sparked a wave of protests in the Russian blogosphere after posting on her Twitter account a digitally manipulated photo, depicting Michelle Obama and her husband President Barack who was sitting right next to her and chewing, while the foreground shows an outstretched hand holding a banana the American leaders seem to look at. rina Rodnina explained that the photo “was sent from the United States ” and added that she sees no problem for re-posting it on Twitter. “Freedom of speech is freedom of speech! Answer for your own hang-ups yourselves!”, tweeted Rodnina after being accused of racism. Rodnina , a member of the ruling party United Russia has worked as a coach in the United States and her daughter still lives there.

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