Americans who watched the Olympics Friday night saw NBC’s opening segment, which was narrated by Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage. What struck me most about the video was the fact that Americans will whitewash (or was that redwash?) Communism’s history for free, in ways the old Soviet Union mandated for its own media.
In a delivery that said, “Don’t you wish you grew up under the Soviet Union?” Dinklage intoned:
“Russia overwhelms. Russia mystifies. Russia transcends. Through every stage of its story, it’s resisted any notion of limitation. Through every re-invention, only redoubling its desire to cast a towering presence. The empire that ascended to affirm a colossal footprint. The revolution that birthed one of modern history’s pivotal experiments. But if politics has long shaped our sense of who they are, its passion that endures as a more reliable record to their collective heart.”
The last time I heard a delivery like that I was in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, listening to ‘Out of Many One,’ the film that plays before visitors go on a tour of the building. It makes sense to have a feel-good warm-and-fuzzy video about America in the nation’s capital, but it’s quite another thing for American media to romanticize Russia and its Communist past — particularly when Russian commentators describe American athletes using gay slurs.
Dina Gusovsky: I was actually born in Russia when it was still the Soviet Union. I moved here in 1991 and then I was an anchor and reporter for Russia Today, which became RT America. So I know I thing or two about Russia.
Ted Kemp: So, they’re saying some negative things. Give us some examples. What type of things are you hearing a lot of as you’re listening to these broadcasts.
Dina Gusovsky: Well, anytime they talk about the Americans they use their favorite derogatory term, which is ‘bindorse.’ I can’t quite translate into English because we would get in a lot of trouble. The first part of it is a derogatory term about people’s sexuality. The second part of it is a version of “stupid Americans.” They combined the two. They got creative — they combined the two and came up with ‘bindorse.’
The funny thing about multiculturalism is that its a one-way street. If you’re an American who believes “all cultures are equal” you only need to do a bit of traveling (or speak another language) to understand that the rest of the world does not extend the favor in our direction. While the Russian commentators are referring to American gymnasts as “crooked-legged girls” that walk like bears in their native tongue, American media outlets are creating schmaltzy montages dedicated to portraying an idealized Russia.
If you want to know how dangerous multiculturalism is to the long-term health of a nation, I suggest watching the explanation Mark Steyn gave on the issue to a group at Pepperdine University in 2007. I probably link to the commentary every six months…but that’s because it’s that good. Expect a full transcription sometime soon.