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“Real Time” host Bill Maher took aim at what he claimed was the cancellation of Russian citizens who had nothing to do with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Do you think we, uh, confuse the Russians too much with their government?” Maher asked the show’s panelists during Friday night’s “Overtime” segment. “I feel like in this country, what we’re doing now, everything Russian is bad and all Russians are bad.
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“First of all, it’s not fair,” Maher said. “If they weren’t white, I feel like we’d call it racism, you know. Bringing everyone together – not everyone, I mean a lot of Russians don’t know what’s going on.”
GOP pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson agreed, citing how Russian pianist Alexander Malofeev canceled his concerts in Canada.
“There’s a way it went too far,” Anderson said.
“We crafted the narrative”
“Also strategically it’s not wise,” added author Max Brooks. “Because what we did very smartly in World War II was that we knew the war was going to end. And we knew that if we punished all Germans like we did after World War I , we were pushing them into a corner, so we crafted the narrative that “You Germans are misled by Hitler”, because we knew, although in some cases it wasn’t true, you know, we said to the average Nazi, you still have to run the post office.
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“So we have to think, we can’t put the Russians in a corner as a whole group. If we can separate Putin from the Russians in general, then we don’t just have a victory, we have a post- war,” he added. added Brooks, 49, the son of comedy filmmaker Mel Brooks and late actress Anne Bancroft.
“We can’t put the Russians in a corner as a whole group. If we can separate Putin from the Russians in general, then we don’t just have a victory, we have a post-war plan.”
Recent weeks have brought reports of apparent retaliation against the Russians for Putin’s actions. Russian restaurants and churches have been vandalized in North America, the Metropolitan Opera has abandoned famous Russian soprano Anna Netrebko after 20 years, a Russian Formula 1 driver has been fired by his racing team, a British tour of the Ballet d State of Siberia has been canceled and Russian athletes have been banned from competing at this year’s Paralympic Games in Beijing.
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A North Carolina deli would replace the Russian dressing on its Reuben sandwich with a Ukrainian dressing.
Even cats of the Russian breed have been banned by the International Cat Federation from participating in the FIFe show.
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Michael McFaul, the former Obama-era US ambassador to Russia, said on Twitter: “There are no more ‘innocent’ ‘neutral’ Russians”, saying they must declare that they “support or oppose this war”.