On Victory Day, Russian broadcaster Channel One broadcast the traditional concert that concludes the annual celebrations of the anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany. But the otherwise somber ceremony was interrupted by the bizarre stage performance of the most famous crime couple in American history.
In the back of the stage, which was filled with costumed actors holding red Soviet flags, vintage black-and-white images of smiling Russian couples flitted through a screen, adding nostalgia and seriousness to the singer’s sentimental voice on stage.
Until suddenly, perfectly hidden between the series of pictures from the past, a photo of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow appears on the screen.
In excerpts from the concert, no one reacts, neither on stage nor in the audience, to the bizarre performance of the most famous criminal couple in American history.
But the obvious mistake was spotted by many outside Russia, and videos of the awkward scene of the concert circulated widely on the Internet. The incident was reported by Ukraine today and other Ukrainian media, while Russian media did not talk about it.
Reddit and Twitter users have been trying to guess whether Bonnie and Clyde’s appearance at such a symbolic event for the Kremlin was a shockingly inappropriate blunder or a quiet protest, an act of defiance and mockery by a dissenter from President Vladimir Putin’s regime .
news week has contacted Channel One to comment on how the error happened.
Obviously, Bonnie and Clyde never took part in the fight against the Nazis and they never crossed the border into Russia. They died before World War II even started.
The couple became the most famous criminal couple during the Great Depression of the 1930s and were framed for robbing several banks and killing at least 13 people, including nine police officers and four civilians.
They were attacked by the police in Louisiana in May 1934 and shot dead by police officers after a spectacular manhunt.
The photograph of Bonnie and Clyde shown at the concert was taken in March 1933, just a year and two months before the couple died.
The concert was broadcast in 1995 on the state-controlled Channel One, the first television channel in the Russian Federation.
The channel, along with Russia-1 TV and NTV, is under US sanctions – which means it is completely cut off from receiving American funding for advertising. The US government said it listed the channels because they “are owned or controlled by or acted, or purported to act, directly or indirectly for or on behalf of [Russian government].”
The station is considered a stronghold of Putin propaganda, but has shown itself to be susceptible to anti-war protests.
On Channel One, editor Marina Ovsyannikova staged her protest in March by appearing behind a newscast host with a handwritten anti-war message on paper. “Stop the war! No to war!” she called before the channel switched to another segment.
She was then arrested and fined by a Russian court, but she is now employed by a German media company as a freelancer.
Ovsyannikova told Voice of America that many of her colleagues resigned after her protest. It could be that Bonnie and Clyde’s mistake was simply the mistake of less experienced staff taking the place of those who left the channel in protest.
The concert, broadcast on Channel One, closed the Victory Day celebrations after the military parade in Moscow’s Red Square and Putin’s speech. The Russian president failed to meet Western expectations that he would announce an escalation of the war on May 9, instead showing caution in asking for more from the Russian people.
Putin said the war in Ukraine will continue to fight “murderers and Nazis”.
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