Is Batman against the war in Ukraine?

Is Batman against the war in Ukraine?
Fecha de publicación: 
4 March 2022

As if economic sanctions aiming at suffocate the Russian people were not enough, the exclusion of Russia from all sports competitions worldwide, as well as the censorship of its news channel by technology juggernauts such as Facebook and Google, the anti-Russia hysteria has reached the culture field.

Among the actions, the dismissal of Russian artists "close to the Russian leader" stands out. That is the case of Valery Gergiev, who conducted the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), organizer of the Eurovision Song Contest, decided to expel Russia from the 2022 contest, "based on the rules of the event and the values ​​of the EBU," according to an official statement.

In turn, the Cannes Film Festival has also announced that it “will not welcome any Russian delegation in support of the people of Ukraine and all people on its territory."

Not to be outdone, London's Royal Opera House has also canceled performances of the Bolshoi's legendary Russian ballet, removing it from its schedule.

Similarly, Sony has been the last major, after Disney and Warner Bros, to withdraw its most important premieres from Russian cinemas, so films like 'The Batman' (Warner), 'Turning Red' (Disney) or 'Morbius' (Sony), have been cancelled and, for now, they will be premiered in the rest of the world.

Apparently, for some, both sport and culture have ceased to be regarded as the greatest symbols of peace and brotherhood among peoples.

Let us hope that censorship does not push the boundaries of sanity and no one thinks of starting to make fire pyres with the works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Lev Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Alexander Pushkin and the scores of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Rimsky Korsakov, just to name a few...

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Díaz / CubaSí Translation Staff

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