Postmodernism with a purpose.
By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist)
If you get a little twinge in your gut watching the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, it’s most likely because you do want to cheer on Team USA, while at the same time you’re horrified by Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” laws and vast record of human rights violations. I, for one, get a little annoyed each time I see Putin on my TV screen. It’s pretty bad over there, as this brilliantly written GQ article profiles, and there were major concerns that gay athletes would be arrested in droves once the games began.
Well, that hasn’t happened yet (at least not by athletes and nowhere near Sochi), but how’s this for a little internet-based retaliation: last week a new Tumblr popped up called “Pride Propaganda,” devoted entirely to, in the website’s words: “Repurposed Soviet propaganda in response to Russia's ban on LGBT propaganda.”
Now that’s much better than the original poster, which translated to: “Glory to the Soviet people, the pioneers of space!”
This blog caught my eye because the juxtaposition of the Russian Propaganda posters of the Lenin era with rainbows and flags throws back in Russia’s face what real state-sanctioned propaganda looks like. It’s a tool of the powerful used to drown out the voice of the weak, and not the other way around. And while what’s going on in Russia is no laughing matter, sometimes even a small internet meme like this one can make a vastly larger point.
GREGORY JACOBS-ROSEMAN is a composer/lyricist and theatrical sound designer. His musical Save The Date: A Wedding Road-Trip Musical won the Overall Excellence Award for a Musical in the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival. gregjr.com
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