A clip from a Ukrainian comedy starring the country’s current president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has gone viral after he applied to join the European Union this week.
In a bizarre case of life imitating art, Zelenskyy once produced a series of political satires, “Servant of the People”, in which he played the role of a teacher who exposes corruption and becomes President of Ukraine. .
It premiered in 2015 and ended after three seasons in 2019 when Zelenskyy launched his own anti-corruption presidential campaign and was elected by a landslide.
A clip circulated on Tuesday showing Zelensky’s character on the show, Vasyl Petrovych Holoborodko, receiving a fictional phone call from then German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “We have decided to bring your country into the European Union,” she says.
” Oh fuck ! said Vasyl. “Oh, I’m sorry, oh wow! … Thank you very much, all Ukrainians and our whole country, we have been waiting for this for so long.
Merkel responds: “Ukrainians? Oh, I’m so sorry, that’s a mistake. I was calling in Montenegro.
After the call, Vasyl walks off shouting “damn Putin”.
The clip has been viewed more than a million times as of Tuesday night.
Zelenskyy filed a request with the EU on Monday to grant Ukraine immediate membership, something many Ukrainians have wanted for years.
The membership process is complicated and laborious, and Zelenskyy’s application is unlikely to be granted anytime soon.
An EU spokesman said Tuesday that joining the bloc “is a complex and quite lengthy process that usually takes years.”
“To date, we have not accepted Ukraine’s application for EU membership, nor do we have any special admission process underway,” she said.
In an impassioned speech on Tuesday morning, Zelenskyy told the EU: “Our people are very motivated, very motivated, we are fighting for our rights, for our freedoms, for our lives.”
“But we are also fighting to be equal members of Europe. I believe that today we are showing everyone that this is exactly what we are. The European Union will be much stronger with us, that’s for sure.
The Ukrainian leader has received praise from around the world for standing up and fighting with his people during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion.
Zelenskyy’s career in the entertainment industry has also generated a lot of interest. Before his presidency, he acted in several Ukrainian films and television series, voiced the bear in the Ukrainian film “Paddington” and won the national version of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2006.