The war in Ukraine is causing unexpected ripple effects across the globe.
Vladimir Putin sparked an international crisis with his actions.
Now the war forced one performer to quit for a stunning reason.
Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Ukraine has cost thousands of people their lives, disrupted financial markets around the world, and punished many Russians living and working in other countries.
Now Anna Netrebko, a soprano for the Metropolitan Opera, has backed out of performing indefinitely because of Putin’s war.
Breitbart reported that “The Met made repeated efforts in recent days attempting to convince Netrebko to repudiate Putin but failed to persuade her, a person familiar with the developments said, speaking on condition of anonymity because that detail was not announced…Netrebko, a 50-year-old from Krasnodar, received the People’s Artist of Russia honor from Putin in 2008.”
Met General Manager Peter Gelb said in a statement, “It is a great artistic loss for the Met and for opera…Anna is one of the greatest singers in Met history, but with Putin killing innocent victims in Ukraine, there was no way forward.”
The action taken against Netrebko is quite bold considering foreign nationals from other countries aren’t persecuted for the crimes of their homeland.
Chinese nationals were not called to respond to human rights abuses committed by the Chinese Communist Party against the Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang Province.
In fact, the so-called mainstream media went out of their way to avoid negative stories about the CCP during the Genocide Olympic Games in Beijing.
For her part, Netrebko explained:
“I am opposed to this senseless war of aggression and I am calling on Russia to end this war right now, to save all of us. We need peace right now…This is not a time for me to make music and perform. I have therefore decided to take a step back from performing for the time being. It is an extremely difficult decision for me, but I know that my audience will understand and respect this decision.”
There have been calls for other Russians to be booted from their respective professions, or from their host nations.
Congressman Eric Swalwell, whose claim to fame is an alleged sexual relationship with a Chinese spy named Christine Fange, said:
“Frankly, I think closing [Russia’s] embassy in the United States, kicking every Russian student out of the United States, those should all be on the table…Vladimir Putin needs to know every day that he is in Ukraine, there are more severe options that could come.”
Czech-born NHL Hall of Fame goalie Dominik Hasek called for all Russian NHL players to be booted from the league because of Putin’s actions.
The establishment demonization of all Russians is a shocking sight to witness, and many conservatives begin to fear Big Tech, woke corporations and cultural institutions could en masse use their same tools to cancel Trump supporters.
Amazingly, the Democrats never had this level of vigilance about Russians and Russian influence during the Cold War when the Soviet Union was the “Evil Empire,” as denoted by Ronald Reagan.