“Babies Who Cry” – Shirtless Putin

I can’t decide if I’m being petty, stating the obvious or caught somewhere between disgust and holy crap. Regardless of my motivation; I’m powerless to leave this ponder alone. If this image doesn’t make you wonder, I don’t know what will.



You’ve just checked into your outrageously expensive hotel room in Sochi – hotels built to accommodate international travellers to the Olympics – what’s this? Not landscapes or abstract paintings on the wall; still life photo reproductions of a shirtless Putin – if you’re lucky, photo shopped riding wild animals. Putin straddles a bear above your bed.

Estimated cost of in your face Putin – 2 million dollars. His chest reported to adorn virtually every room in Sochi. In response to numerous complaints from visitors “grossed out” by his bare chest; Putin dismissed outrage, referring to them as “babies who cry”.

Holy crap Putin – what gives? If you want to join the Village People that’s one thing – we totally understand.  If you want to be taken seriously as the leader of a world power – put your damn shirt on.