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Title: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: GabrieltheCelt on September 23, 2013, 11:22:13 AM
 The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers (http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/the-secret-american-subculture-of-putin-worshippers-20130919)

"Two years ago, Gayne C. Young, a Texas-based writer and blogger for Outdoor Life, scored the interview of a lifetime. As a beat writer, Young had enjoyed the outdoor exploits of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been documented shooting a gray whale with a crossbow, tranquilizing a tiger attacking a news crew, hunting shirtless, fishing shirtless, and riding horseback shirtless. On a personal level, Young liked the rugged brand of masculinity that seemed a throwback to Teddy Roosevelt. "Although you have Clinton shooting ducks, you never see it. Although Rick Perry says he enjoys hunting, you don't see it. They say they do, but they don't. Obama says he shoots skeet, but they only released one picture," Young says. "Here's a guy out there fishing, with no qualms. He's like, 'You don't like it? Tough.' Then he'd escalate and do more."
His posts on Putin brought in great traffic, so his editor kept encouraging him to escalate. Soon, Young was declaring his "man crush" on the Russian president. ("I hate to use that word, especially on a hunting website," he admits.) He called the Russian consulate, flirted with the right secretary, and went through "hoop after hoop after hoop" until, one Friday, a press attaché called and told him the president wanted his questions in the next 20 minutes."


 Mods, although this article has to do with a politician, it didn't seem political to me.  Rather, it's about the admiration of Putin's supposed 'manliness' and sportmanship.  If I'm wrong, I apologize.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: TheTrisagion on September 23, 2013, 11:26:43 AM
I think it is the frustration of a large segment of the US population at their current politicians who have all been groomed and PRed to death so they all look so bland and similar.  When you have someone with even the least little bit of personality, people latch on to them because they see something authentic, even if Putin's "authenticity" can be somewhat over the top.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: Santagranddad on September 23, 2013, 11:49:38 AM
 >:( Just what you want, a former KGB/FSB agent has a fan club in America.

He may not be groomed and polished to death but it is the things hidden about him that make me shudder, not tremble with admiration.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: mike on September 23, 2013, 12:03:13 PM
Are you surprised? They even have their discussion board here.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: Didyma on September 23, 2013, 01:17:04 PM
I think it is the frustration of a large segment of the US population at their current politicians who have all been groomed and PRed to death so they all look so bland and similar.  When you have someone with even the least little bit of personality, people latch on to them because they see something authentic, even if Putin's "authenticity" can be somewhat over the top.

...and slightly creepy, yes.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: Ansgar on September 23, 2013, 02:04:59 PM
In Denmark, we had a tv-show where the two hosts, as a result of their deep deep admiration for Putin's various "tough guy" stunts, decided to travel to Russia and do all the crazy things Putin has done.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zYRwZdgmtrQ
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: mike on September 23, 2013, 02:08:55 PM
This thread needs this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OFOPd6pgjI
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: LizaSymonenko on September 23, 2013, 02:12:21 PM

(http://www.antena3.ro/thumbs/int/2012/10/17/glume-felix-172986.jpg)
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: augustin717 on September 23, 2013, 02:18:47 PM
^rofl
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: orthonorm on September 23, 2013, 06:05:25 PM
Call me gay all you want but I think it is creepy when a guy starts admiring another guy's masculinity.

Especially if masculinity means shooting at animals.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: Jonathan Gress on September 23, 2013, 06:12:58 PM
Call me gay all you want but I think it is creepy when a guy starts admiring another guy's masculinity.

Especially if masculinity means shooting at animals.

A guy admiring another guy's masculinity and talking about having a "man crush" is gay. Being creeped out by it is not gay.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: Orthodox11 on September 23, 2013, 06:23:20 PM
Does all this mean Chuck Norris jokes will soon be replaced by Putin jokes?
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: Ansgar on September 23, 2013, 06:36:02 PM
Does all this mean Chuck Norris jokes will soon be replaced by Putin jokes?

Nah! When Chuck Norris is tough, it's amazing, when Putin is tough, it is usually a little weird.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: Ansgar on September 23, 2013, 06:36:35 PM
Does all this mean Chuck Norris jokes will soon be replaced by Putin jokes?

Nah! When Chuck Norris is tough, it's amazing, when Putin is tough, it's usually a little weird.

But still funny.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: xOrthodox4Christx on September 23, 2013, 06:42:18 PM
I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't take the curator of the Third Rome, Putin over Sayyid Obama.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: biro on September 23, 2013, 06:50:56 PM
I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't take the curator of the Third Rome, Putin over Sayyid Obama.

 ::)

Why isn't this in Politics?
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: Nikolaostheservant on September 23, 2013, 08:31:29 PM
obama can use a little Putin testasterone, a lot actually.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: Shiny on September 24, 2013, 12:33:24 AM

(http://www.antena3.ro/thumbs/int/2012/10/17/glume-felix-172986.jpg)
Proof that Putin doesn't need Red Bull to get wings.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: J Michael on September 24, 2013, 10:54:31 AM

(http://www.antena3.ro/thumbs/int/2012/10/17/glume-felix-172986.jpg)
Proof that Putin doesn't need Red Bull to get wings.
^  Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: vamrat on September 24, 2013, 11:18:48 AM
I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't take the curator of the Third Rome, Putin over Sayyid Obama.

 ::)

Why isn't this in Politics?

Because, we don't even need to get into politics to discuss all the ways in which Putin is superior to Dinglebat.  The politics is just icing on the cake.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: mike on September 24, 2013, 11:26:11 AM
I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't take the curator of the Third Rome, Putin over Sayyid Obama.

 ::)

Why isn't this in Politics?

Because, we don't even need to get into politics to discuss all the ways in which Putin is superior to Dinglebat.  The politics is just icing on the cake.

All = 0.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: James2 on September 24, 2013, 12:35:19 PM
I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't take the curator of the Third Rome, Putin over Sayyid Obama.

 ::)

Why isn't this in Politics?

Because, we don't even need to get into politics to discuss all the ways in which Putin is superior to Dinglebat.  The politics is just icing on the cake.

All = 0.

No disPutin that.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: Mor Ephrem on September 24, 2013, 12:44:13 PM
Groan! 

(http://blog.camfrog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/yuck.gif)
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: TheTrisagion on September 24, 2013, 12:45:22 PM
I haven't seen Mr. Yuck in FOREVER!
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: Avdima on April 11, 2014, 10:15:57 AM
obama can use a little Putin testasterone, a lot actually.

The actions of Putin as of late seems to indicate a lack of male potency shall we say. Putin needs to put on a tough guy stance because he feels he is lacking in other areas.  ;)
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: JoeS2 on April 11, 2014, 10:21:46 AM
I think it is the frustration of a large segment of the US population at their current politicians who have all been groomed and PRed to death so they all look so bland and similar.  When you have someone with even the least little bit of personality, people latch on to them because they see something authentic, even if Putin's "authenticity" can be somewhat over the top.

I think you've hit on something here.  When a political vacuum is created something or someone will fill the void.  Its obvious the US is frustrated and bored by the current list of so-called back biting and faux leaders who are lukewarm at best and are looking anywhere for some symbol of strong leadership.........IMHO
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: Jetavan on April 11, 2014, 10:46:24 AM
obama can use a little Putin testasterone, a lot actually.
...and quickly become the "angry black man".

In American politics, that's the mark of death.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: Punch on April 11, 2014, 02:29:11 PM
Call me gay all you want but I think it is creepy when a guy starts admiring another guy's masculinity.

Especially if masculinity means shooting at animals.

Agree.  But killing your enemies with Polonium, well that is just too cool.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: hecma925 on April 11, 2014, 02:41:54 PM
obama can use a little Putin testasterone, a lot actually.
...and quickly become the "angry black man".

In American politics, that's the mark of death.

Nah, the mark of death is getting caught with a page.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: LizaSymonenko on April 11, 2014, 02:47:46 PM

Depends what book the page is ripped out of.  ;)

Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: Hinterlander on April 11, 2014, 03:20:57 PM
He doesn't even have a beard.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: Alpo on April 11, 2014, 03:25:05 PM
^ Awesome avatar, btw.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: rakovsky on April 11, 2014, 04:20:48 PM
In Denmark, we had a tv-show where the two hosts, as a result of their deep deep admiration for Putin's various "tough guy" stunts, decided to travel to Russia and do all the crazy things Putin has done.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zYRwZdgmtrQ
That was a good clip. It made me think that the bear looked cute at the end and I would want to pet it and give it a massage like a dog, except that it might attack me.
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: rakovsky on April 11, 2014, 04:21:25 PM

(http://www.antena3.ro/thumbs/int/2012/10/17/glume-felix-172986.jpg)
+1
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: NicholasMyra on April 11, 2014, 04:36:18 PM

(http://www.antena3.ro/thumbs/int/2012/10/17/glume-felix-172986.jpg)
Proof that Putin doesn't need Red Bull to get wings.

Shouldn't he be riding a Crocodile?
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: DeniseDenise on April 11, 2014, 05:13:24 PM

(http://www.antena3.ro/thumbs/int/2012/10/17/glume-felix-172986.jpg)
Proof that Putin doesn't need Red Bull to get wings.

Shouldn't he be riding a Crocodile?

Crocodile? come on...

everyone realises that should be a double-headed eagle...right?
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: podkarpatska on April 11, 2014, 05:33:40 PM
The great David Letterman has truly captured this silliness surrounding Putinmania with his Top Ten List on his late night program. Here's a few:  http://www.mediaite.com/tv/must-see-late-night-clip-lettermans-top-ten-guys-vladimir-putin-looks-like/  and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaRJy3JyYBI
Title: Re: The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers
Post by: vamrat on April 22, 2014, 11:33:31 AM
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y164/wteach/Awesome/Putin-on-T-Rex_zpsf6ed58c0.jpg)

Only two men ever born are cool enough to ride a tyrannosaur, Harry Dresden and Vladimir Putin.