|NOT A PRETEND PICTURE. #Tiger|
Last night I stayed up ridiculously late looking at President Ramzan Kadyrov of
Kadyrov’s statement itself was thoroughly unsurprising since he basically said, “Dude, that sucks! But it’s not Chechnya’s fault. I’m looking at you, America!” But then I saw a selfie of Kadyrov apparently punching an ostrich and got distracted.
|Dumb jerk flightless bird! #ExerciseIsImportant|
On the one hand I can see how social media – particularly the kind that provides reams of photographic evidence – would appeal to leaders of authoritarian states. Developing a cult of personality has to be a priority. Plus Big Brother is so 1984. In 2013 we all watch each other panopticon style. You can track and oppress public dissent in real time without the pesky middle man.
|Kadyrov shaking hands with a white tiger
just like everyone else who’s definitely not a Bond villain.
On the other hand it’s Instagram. I expect rear view mirror duck face and pictures of lunch. Sure lots of politicians have Instagram accounts but a grainy pic of Joe Biden awkwardly enjoying a burger isn’t quite the same as a shot of Ramzan Kadyrov and an ostrich.
His whole account was amazing. Kadyrov’s just like, “Here’s me hanging out bro-style with a tiger. I’m embracing my dictator brand LIKE A BOSS.”
|ZOMG horses are awesome! #LoveIsTheAnswer|
But you know how on the eve on the French Revolution a Disneyland-ified French peasant village was constructed at
There’s something about seeing ridiculously incongruous things against dark backgrounds that throws the absurdities of life into hilariously sharp relief.
I clicked over to my Twitter feed reasoning that distancing myself from tiger selfies would help me better align my e-graces with Miss Manners and my soul with common decency.
Photos from Kadyrov_95. Bold caption photos from alihan777. IThe captions are my own. I could also have gotten the photos from any of the above links in the text. I’ve really tried my best to cite this under fair use. Please don’t torture me.