Posted February 07, 2014

Former figure skater who lit Olympic Flame tweeted racist picture of Obamas last year

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Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretyak light the cauldron during the opening ceremonies.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretyak light the cauldron during the opening ceremonies. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Former Russian figure skater Irina Rodnina was given the honor of lighting the Olympic flame at Sochi 2014′s Opening Ceremony on Friday, but she has started receiving attention for a racist photograph she tweeted last September.

Rodnina tweeted a doctored photo of President Barack Obama and his wife. When asked about it at the time, she said there was nothing wrong with the photo and that it was sent to her by American friends.

 “Freedom of speech is freedom of speech, and you should answer for your own hang-ups,” Rodnina wrote, via the Guardian.

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63 comments
ApolloOne
ApolloOne

Well, he does rule like a banana republic dictator.

truthman1959
truthman1959

Why do you call it racist? According to microevolutionists and atheists aren't we all descended from apes?

NoaTantalus
NoaTantalus

Ridnina is completely irrelevant.  Nothing.  A nobody in the sports world.  She will be working at AppleBee's for the rest of her life...:)

rh2000
rh2000

Great Pic Love it!  Matches exactly what kind of job he has done as President!   

djp9
djp9

She is right. Freedom of Speech IS Freedom of speech. 

This same Freedom allows us to call her post racist if it is. 

You can't play the Freedom of Speech card then act like you can't be criticized for this use by suppressing OTHER's Freedom of Speech. This street runs both way. She tweeted something both demeaning but also racist. This Freedom allows us to call her out for a racist tweet just like she is allowed to make the tweet.

Russian is beginning to become known as a bastion of racismmasking as "National Pride". Take a look at the soccer matches over the past year with racist chants in places like Moscow. 

Jeff63
Jeff63

Is she wrong? Freedom of speech is freedom of speech, not just freedom of speech that doesn't offend you.

JoeFelice
JoeFelice

I don't think this picture is so-much racist, as it is simply demeaning.  And she should have considered how she would feel if a foreigner were to demean her president in this fashion.  And she's a Russian.  What does she know about our president, other than what the media there wants her to know.  It is a given that Russians will demean any U.S. President.

KeithKoloff
KeithKoloff

No news story. I think most people who are normal realize white people have serious mental issues .

jrscott0262
jrscott0262

And the author of this article has succeeded in giving even more life to the picture that was tweeted.  Well done Scooby!

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

I can't decide if Russians are huge jerks, or if they're just the same as any other country and the media just love portrarying them as jerks.  I think maybe some of column A and some of column B.

stagger
stagger

AAAHHAHAHHAHHHAHAAAA!!! 

UncleRufus
UncleRufus

Wow, crime of the century. Meanwhile, Obama uses his IRS to target his sworn enemies and the media yawns.

silverpen00
silverpen00

It can't be racist, it was sent to me by American friends! It's a sad day when a Russian is lecturing the world on free speech.

OK
OK

Sign her up to the Tea Party and make sure that Koch Brothers' courier dropped off the money at her place.

MJ293
MJ293

There were plenty of pictures of president Bush as a chimp and with bananas. 

saveserve325
saveserve325

@ApolloOne  ??! Quit Lying. President Obama won both the Popular vote AND the Electoral College TWICE. That's something that Cheater George W. Bush could only dream about in 2000!

x72
x72

@rh2000  Disgraceful anti-American post.

hayhowesq
hayhowesq

@Jeff63  It is freedom of speech, as is our right to call her racist, which she is.

JAY20
JAY20

@JoeFelice  

Throw some bananas at some random black people on the street and find out if they think it's racist. 

m4a3e876
m4a3e876

@UncleRufus  A stupidly racist picture doesn't change the fact that Obama is a complete fraud and the most crooked president to hold office.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

It must be true, because I saw it on Fox.


Of course Fox also told me that Romney was going to win the election...

evetsyarsh
evetsyarsh

@UncleRufus obama does not run the irs, and both liberal groups and conservative groups were "targeted"...those were the facts, just not what you "learned" from fox

MrTemecula
MrTemecula

@silverpen00  It's a sad day when Americans cannot tell the difference between being criticized for a racist picture and being prevented from practicing their free speech. Putin has that same problem distinguishing gay propaganda and speech, too. So you are in the same boat as a Russian autocrat.

Mel
Mel

@OK Because there are no liberal bigots out there and every single member of the Tea Party are racists right? LOL

John61254
John61254

@MJ293  Ya, but his weren't because of his race: he earned them!


MrTemecula
MrTemecula

@MJ293  It never occurred to you the inherit racist nature of comparing apes and chimps to African- Americans. You seem to have lived a sheltered life.

truthman1959
truthman1959

@m4a3e876 @UncleRufusI resent that. I like bananas as much as any primate or DemocRAT. I also like Dr Ben Carson, Allen West, Allan Keyes and many other intelligent Americans of African descent.

Mark112
Mark112

@Bearsclone  

You are a complete and utter tool. Now go turn on Comedy Central, so John Stewart can tell you what to believe, what to think, and who to blame. Grow a pair, ya foo. 

Mel
Mel

@Bearsclone Fox was the only one reporting on that story. And guess what. People were fired over it after a government investigation. But yeah, keep holding the "Fox made it up" flame. I mean top officials are fired all the time for untrue news reports...Dumbass.

NelsonP
NelsonP

@evetsyarsh @UncleRufus  If you really believe what you wrote about the irs going after both sides, you are one of the reasons this country is in the shape it is...
And btw, condemning fox, does that mean you believe msnbc, cnn, and other liberal idiots?

AllThingsConsidered
AllThingsConsidered

@Mel @OK  Perhaps not but I'm never seen an attendee throwing peanuts at a black cameraman at any major event but the Republican National Convention....

Mel
Mel

@MrTemecula So it's okay to you to call a white guy a chimp but not a black guy. Naaaah you don't have any racial issues yourself. Really....

AllThingsConsidered
AllThingsConsidered

@Mark112 @Bearsclone Stewart certainly does not tell me what to think, but it does point out to me the numerous lies and contradictions of your heroes such as Hannity or O'Reilly, and it's absolutely hilarious! What's not to like?

NelsonP
NelsonP

@Mel @Bearsclone  These are the people that voted that idiot in twice, you have to remember that Mel

DJackson
DJackson

@AllThingsConsidered @NelsonP@evetsyarsh@UncleRufus

 You clearly are not interested in being unbiased, but consider the DOZENS of liberals who have been employed by FOX, and then TRY to name any who have been employed my MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, or the other alleged "news" channels. 




AllThingsConsidered
AllThingsConsidered

@NelsonP @evetsyarsh @UncleRufus  Not necessarily, but at least he meant the no one should trust Fox, which obviously you do, and that is one of the reason, you know, this country is in the shape it is...as you so aptly put it.


There are many more idiots at Fox than on any similar channels combined, but hey at least they have nice legs and boobs! If you can't deliver real news, might as well deliver eye candy...

saveserve325
saveserve325

@DJackson @AllThingsConsidered @Mel @OK  You are obviously a deluded, crazed white person using a black person's picture. Everybody knows that the self-destructive Clarence Thomas' of the world are in the distinct minority among African Americans. Thank GOD!

DJackson
DJackson

@AllThingsConsidered @Mel@OK Possibly because the black members are on the stage speaking at the GOP conventions! And the media ignores all of us who are dark-skinned when they edit coverage of conservative conventions to enable you to believe that only white people are in the GOP. Attend an actual convention and see the truth that MSNBC will never show! 

m4a3e876
m4a3e876

@AllThingsConsidered @Mel @OK  Funny how nobody ever ran down their names or exactly who they were. But what you have seen is the celebrated racist Al Sharpton continue to be celebrated by the left.

MrTemecula
MrTemecula

@truthman1959 @MrTemecula @MJ293  You don't understand evolution at all. Apes and human share a common ancestry. Not that both apes and humans developed from apes.


On second thought, you seem kind of primitive and perhaps came from apes. 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@MrTemecula @Mel  

It's perfectly OK for blacks to say anything they like about whites, but white people have to walk on eggshells around blacks, lest some obscure racial sensitivity be offended.

It's way past time for black people to stop playing victims and getting offended over everything.


MrTemecula
MrTemecula

@Mel @MrTemecula  I just go by my black friends think and they still have a problem with this so I have a problem with this. Why don't you clear it with your black friends instead of only your white friends or what you 'think' is acceptable.

saveserve325
saveserve325

@Paul-Indiana @AllThingsConsidered @Mel @HBgrown  Barack Obama graduated with the highest GPA in his Harvard Law School Class and he got those stellar grades while working Several hours a Week as President of the highly prestigious HARVARD LAW REVIEW. Barack Obama taught Constitutional Law For 12 years and wrote brilliant bestselling books, becoming a multimillionaire capitalist. Therefore President Obama is an infinitely better representative of our great country as a meritocracy than Bush, McCain, or Romney could EVER be.


Independent record-keepers stated that when President Obama first took office in 2009, he did more for this country in just his first 100 DAYS than some Presidents did in 4 long Years!

AnthonyRayLivingston
AnthonyRayLivingston

@MidwestGolfFan @AF Whigs @Mel  ACA has been in effect almost two months.  No one knows if it will "fail" but Mr. Ailes is trying very hard to convince you it already has.  He is the champion of the philosophy that if you say something repeatedly, enough times, to a captive audience, you can create an "issue" out of thin air. Example: Benghazi.

truthman1959
truthman1959

@AF Whigs @Mel That is: nothing that will give government total control over our lives. Nothing that will elevate the POTUS to dictator status. Nothing that will ignore existing immigration law and grant amnesty to millions of future DemocRATS. Nothing that ignores the Constitution and attempts to disarm law abiding Americans.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@AF Whigs @Mel 

So, you support Obama's authoritarian destruction of America.  Therefore, you have zero credibility.

As for Obamacare, its complete failure is 100% Democrat. They Democrats rammed it through against strong opposition, and self-funded it with $100B in the original bill.  If Obamacare is so darned wonderful, why did Obama have to bribe a whole bunch of members of his own party to vote for it?

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

@Mel:  Bush had 8 years to run the economy into the ground.  It didn't collapse the day Obama took office.  And who really knows whether the ACA will be good in the long run or not?  The Right has done everything in their power to obstruct and denigrate it from day one.  Nothing will flourish under that kind of constant, endless attack.  

The GOP-led House has done nothing but obstruct and/or sit on their hands because they're still throwing a tantrum that Obama was elected in the first place.  People in Congress on the Right won't work with him, and won't even be seen shaking hands with him.  How ridiculous is that?  How is that supposed to help the country?  Is the purpose of our government to run the country or act like spoiled idiot middle schoolers holding a grudge?

Obama's not perfect.  The Dems are far from perfect.  Nobody's got a monopoly on common sense in Washington, that's for sure.  But the bald-faced, openly obstructionist attitude of the GOP drives me crazy.  They have no goal other than to kill the ACA and make sure nothing Obama wants to do gets done.

Very noble goals.  They should be proud.

AllThingsConsidered
AllThingsConsidered

@Mel @HBgrown  Obama was already mocked as a monkey from the good people on the right on day one of his presidency - actually even during the campaign. He didn't have the time yet to work on his terrible unemployment rate back then so what could possibly be the reason...?

Mel
Mel

@HBgrown You want facts? Okay. Unemployment is still higher than any point in the Bush Presidency. Obamacare to this point is a financial disaster and utter failure. But I'm sure I'm just a troll for pointing out such things. By the way, seen his laughable approval rating yet? Low 40's. Guess that means 60 percent of the country are just racist trolls huh....