Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Stalin Blamed for Yet Another ‘Crime’ – a Suppposed Shortage of Attractive Men in Russia

Paul Goble
            Staunton, February 4 – As a result of Stalin’s repressions that killed so many Russians, the gene fund of that nation was compromised, leading to a shortage of handsome men, according to Aleksandr Vasilyev, who hosts “The Fashionable Police” on Moscow’s First Channel. The solution, he says, is to bring in sperm from nobles living in other countries.

            Vasilyev’s comment, one certain to infuriate many, came in response to a statement by French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, who said he had encountered few attractive male  models in Russia although he had found many beautiful Russian female ones (ura.news/news/1052417891).

            Gaultier is “absolutely right,” Vasilyev says, adding that the most handsome men live in countries like Brazil and the US that haven’t experienced repressions and thus have retained the genes needed for good looks. The French designer was picking up on the offensive remarks of Karl Lagerfeldt who suggested Russian women had little choice but to live as lesbians given the ugliness of Russian men (gazeta.ru/social/news/2020/02/06/n_14006785.shtml).

            Meanwhile in another “fashion” note, this time from Turkmenistan, whose regime is almost as repressive as Stalin’s, the local dictator Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has begun to appear in public with graying hair. As a result, male officials over 40 in one part of that country have been prohibited from using hair coloring (svoboda.org/a/30418335.html).

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