In the image above, a Russian model – representing the Ukraine – is pointing a gun at her head. Why’s that, you ask? Let’s start before this suicidal moment . . . “The girl in Ukraine’s blue and yellow colours holds up a gun and points the weapon at the participants representing Russia and the US. The image seems to suggest the Russian view that Ukraine – whose leaders are often branded fascists by the Moscow media and political leaders – are the aggressors in a conflict that has led to the worst crisis in the region since the demise of the Soviet Union.” In Russia, victims aggress you! And then . . .
In a shocking sequence, the schoolgirl representing Ukraine then points the gun at her own head.
The models from Russia and other countries including Britain – who also hold guns and parade up one by one to point them at the audience – are then seen ‘saving’ Ukraine from killing herself echoing the common view in Moscow that the country is slaughtering its own people.
As dailymail.co.uk notes, the fashion show was produced by a ten-year-old, whose view of Russian – American – Ukrainian politics may be slightly less sophisticated than voting-age Russians. Or not. In a country without an independent press, it’s hard to know.
In any event, the fashion show was gun-intensive, reflecting Russia’s acceptance of armed, uh, people. I think. Wait. A UK girl wielding a gun? Now that’s what I call fantastic.