Chechnya wants Russian comedian to apologize to Russian football team for FIFA World Cup send-up song
Minister of the Chechen Republic for National Policy, External Relations, Press and Information Dzhambulat Umarov expressed his dissatisfaction with the Slepakov’s song.
Singer and former participant of KVN, TV Comedy club, Semyon Slepakov published a send-up song dedicated to FIFA World Cup that will be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15. In his composition, the stand-up comic advises the Russian team to appoint Ramzan Kadyrov, the Head of Chechnya, as its coach for the victory of the Russian team (“Who will make us World Champions? Ramzan Kadyrov is my proposal”). The Chechen leadership does not get the joke and asks the singer to apologize.
Minister of the Chechen Republic for National Policy, External Relations, Press and Information Dzhambulat Umarov expresses his disappointment. In an interview with the radio station Govorit Moskva (Moscow Says), the official criticized the vocabulary that the comic used in the musical composition. "There is a heap of flaws in the sensational clip of Semyon Slepakov. Firstly, it would not hurt the popular actor and author of various great sketches and stories to express himself in a more literary language," the Minister says.
Also, Umarov dissatisfies with the Slepakov's draw-back concerning the Russian national football team that is the lowest-rated team of the upcoming FIFA World Cup. "It's a pity for our Russian team to get so bad at the guys at the beginning and even when the names are called it's deliberately done," the Chechen official says.
Also, Umarov considers the song of Slepakov an attempt to use the name of Kadyrov for personal PR. "Maybe it’s time for our well-known showmen to stop exploiting the name of Ramzan Kadyrov for PR actions?" the Minister adds.
According to Umarov, the humorist should have apologized, as Kadyrov does not allow to joke in this way. "Ramzan Akhmatovich has a good sense of humor, and there will be no negative reaction from him to Slepakov. But from myself, I would say that it would be useful for Slepakov to apologize to the Russian team. And to Ramzan Akhmatovich, by the way, too. I do not think that the Head of the Chechen Republic empowered the wit to this gem," the official sums up.
The song Olé-Olé-Olé! of Slepakov was posted on YouTube the day before, on June 11. During the day, the recording has scored almost 2.5 million views. The video begins with the humorous phrase spoken with a smile: "I'm nervous."
According to the plot of the song, Russian President Vladimir Putin personally asks Kadyrov to coach the Russian national football team. Before coming on, the leader of Chechnya warns his new wards that "life is given only once." As a result, Russia loses to the Arab Emirates with a score of 0:2.
Disappointed Kadyrov flies back to Chechnya with the words: "It is better to solve problems there than reclaim our Russian football." At the end of the song, the author soothes the Russian fans with the words that Russia will become a champion one day: "Perhaps, new Pele is born in the Siberian village right now."