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Borowitz writes: "With the Olympics underway, hundreds of visitors to Sochi are complaining that they checked into expensive hotel rooms only to find them decorated with seminude portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin."

Borowitz: 'Russia's president Vladimir Putin went topless during a fishing trip to a national nature reserve in Tuva, Russia.' (photo: ITAR-TASS/Barcroft Media)
Borowitz: 'Russia's president Vladimir Putin went topless during a fishing trip to a national nature reserve in Tuva, Russia.' (photo: ITAR-TASS/Barcroft Media)


Sochi Hotel Guests Complain About Topless Portraits of Putin in Rooms

By Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

09 February 14

 

The article below is satire. Andy Borowitz is an American comedian and New York Times-bestselling author who satirizes the news for his column, "The Borowitz Report."

ith the Olympics underway, hundreds of visitors to Sochi are complaining that they checked into expensive hotel rooms only to find them decorated with seminude portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The portraits, showing Mr. Putin shirtless and riding a variety of mammals, adorn the walls of virtually every hotel room constructed especially for the Olympics and were created at a cost of over two million dollars, Olympic officials said.

Tracy Klugian, who travelled from Ohio with his wife to attend the Sochi Games, said that he was appalled to find his hotel room dominated by a gigantic portrait of a shirtless Putin riding what appears to be a bear.

Said Mr. Klugian, “I did not travel thousands of miles just to be grossed out.”

For his part, President Putin has been dismissive of the complaints, today calling the hotel guests “babies who cry.”

“These people who are complaining about what is on their walls should be grateful,” he said. “At least they got one of the hotel rooms with walls.”


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+21 # Billy Bob 2014-02-09 18:49
I can see why Putin hates the other gays. Most of them would have better ab development.
 
 
+7 # RMDC 2014-02-09 20:32
Maybe these photos are just in the rooms for the gay athletes.
 
 
+10 # Billy Bob 2014-02-10 01:05
Putin DID say he'd punish them!
 
 
0 # Glen 2014-02-10 07:04
They ARE being punished. Gay and lesbian advocates who are demonstrating are getting arrested.
 
 
+7 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2014-02-10 00:54
'course, we know we are having a little humor, fun, appreciating satire. On the other hand, some Americans might actually see this satire as, err, "God's" truth. Too many Americans will believe anything, anybody. Even George Bush.
 
 
+7 # RMDC 2014-02-09 20:31
Putin pushed it too far this time. The cult of personality that rules Russia just needs to back off. Those rooms are rented by the wealthy elites of other countries who would much rather see their own leaders half-naked and holding a fishing pole. Get some Olympic spirit, Vladimir!!!
 
 
+4 # tigerlillie 2014-02-09 23:21
More comedic genius.
 
 
-46 # antineocon 2014-02-09 23:24
I do n't find the satire of Borowitz interesting news at all. I have stopped being a monthly donor due to this kind of junk being on the site.

please provide important news this is not a socail magazine like the New Yorker.
 
 
+33 # rayb-baby 2014-02-10 03:36
Oh, get over it! What are you, just an angry guy/gal with no sense of humor at all? No one forced you to read Borowitz, which you already knew was satire. Yeeesh!
 
 
+23 # keenon the truth 2014-02-10 04:11
Don't be such a bore! Enjoy it! We have so much important news on RSN, sometimes a little humour is a welcome break!
 
 
+13 # Above God 2014-02-10 08:22
Must Be A "Babies Who Cry".
 
 
+5 # AndreM5 2014-02-10 10:21
Hey, the best political commentary in the New Yorker has ALWAYS come from the excellent cartoons.
 
 
+3 # bmiluski 2014-02-10 10:26
And yet here you are reading it.
 
 
-4 # brux 2014-02-12 01:14
I agree with you Borowitz is a BoringDipShitz
 
 
+3 # cymricmorty 2014-02-10 10:52
Quoting: "Said Mr. Klugian, “I did not travel thousands of miles just to be grossed out"

I didn't have to travel thousands of miles just to be grossed out! Ain't technology great. That pasty hunk of white flesh wasn't the best thing to see right before going to sleep last night, either.

Lotsa lulz, thanks Borowitz.
 
 
+3 # ChickenBoo 2014-02-10 12:07
Quoting cymricmorty:
Quoting: "Said Mr. Klugian, “I did not travel thousands of miles just to be grossed out"

I didn't have to travel thousands of miles just to be grossed out! Ain't technology great. That pasty hunk of white flesh wasn't the best thing to see right before going to sleep last night, either.

Lotsa lulz, thanks Borowitz.


WAY too funny! As usual, I thought the article was real and got all upset, until I looked closer. I was like...OMG! Who wants to look at some old mans nasty nipples?! Now I'm laughing. I wonder if Putin will see this? Indeed...IS that a cross around his neck?!!!
 
 
+2 # Gail Ellen 2014-02-10 12:00
Could that be a little cross around Vladimir's white neck? Just wondering. Maybe there's more to this guy than we think.
 
 
0 # fenox 2014-02-10 13:06
As usual , you say Putin, even in a satire, and all demons come out. Still traumatised by McCarthy ?
 
 
0 # brux 2014-02-12 01:14
You mean those photos with the secret spy cameras embedded discreetly behind the eyes that transmit directly to the Kremlim?
 

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