Defiance

Heroes from the Soviet era or American pop-icons? Photo courtesy of soho42 on Flickr.
Heroes from the Soviet era or American pop-icons?
Photo courtesy of soho42 on Flickr.

I found this article from the Moscow Times online recently and couldn’t stop laughing. It shows a Communist-era mural being painted to look like American comic-book characters and mascots. I can recognize:

  • The Joker
  • Wolverine from X-Men
  • Santa Claus
  • Superman
  • Ronald McDonald
  • Captain America
  • Wonder Woman
  • Robin (from Batman)?

I always enjoy seeing these kinds of clever forms of defiance. I am not sure what the message means though: is that that American capitalism has triumphed (and if so, is that better than Soviet Communism to the artist?), or is it just making fun of old Soviet Communism.

According to this article, the caption below reads (in English): β€œIn step with the times!” So, I assume it’s not meant to be a compliment to the US. πŸ˜‰

What do you think?

Pretty brilliant, though, I think. πŸ™‚

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Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

2 thoughts on “Defiance”

  1. Ha! Thanks for sharing this.
    Yes, it may be a dig into the ribs of American capitalism. If they had added Hello Kitty, Chairman Mao, and some Bollywood hero, then it would be more inclusive of the world’s capitalist icons.
    Vincent

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