Saturday, March 12, 2011

Fist fight on live TV over poet [updated]

Watch this funny Monty Pythonesque altercation on the 'Velyka Politika z Yevgeniyem Kiselovym' political discussion programme yesterday between two of Ukraine's most unpleasant provocative commentators..

I love the way the anchor man Kiselyov calls out in a strained voice, after assailant, Oles Buzyna, tries to grab his victim, Serhiy Poyarkov, by the testicles: "Okhrana.." - A stunned audience looks on.

The other speakers with concerned mutterings comically but pathetically try and retain a sense of decorum..

And after fighting starts again near the end of the clip Kiselyov declares: "Reklamnaya pauza.."

The theme of the discussion was Taras Shevchenko...

Buzyna, a 'special correspondent and writer' who works for 'Segodnya' is known for his provocative and frequently scandalous anti-orange, anti-Europe articles. Will he face criminal charges? The video evidence against him is clear. Will he be sacked by 'Segodnya'? He has undoubtedly breached the newspaper's defined terms of behaviour for staff. He is now saying he will only appear on Kiselyov's show again if he receives an apology from Kiselyov himself!?

Managers of other TV stations have already declared they would not be against Buzyna appearing on their programmes. They will show any crap as long as it gets them ratings. To slightly misquote H.L.Mencken, "No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the Ukrainian public."

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