Dude in blue is shitting bricks.
why oh why did I leave the shirt out!!
To the Gulag you go comrade.
oh god I wish I wasn't so tall right now!
Will I wear a suit and tie? nah fuck it...
And why must I be so much taller than Putin?
No one will notice me I’ll be in the middle of the crowd,....ahhh fuuuuu
of all the days to bring my only suit to the dry cleaner's...
Will I be murdered for being taller than him? Oh shit, he can read my thoughts, right?
Currently emitting his own nerve agent.
suicide by two nerve agent wounds to the back of the head
"Should I bend my knees a little or is it too late!!"
How dare he be tall next to Putin!
He looks like a guy that criticized Putin once in a message board. “Oh fuck he knows, he knows, he knows...”
“Please don’t poison me, please don’t poison me, please....”
I don't know what to do with my hands....
"I wish I was shorter, I wish I was shorter, I wish I was shorter."
Putin even put his hand on the guy, to tell him to stand up. I would be scared shitless.
When a bee lands on you and doesn't leave
Guy in the blue is actively trying to figure out how to not be taller than Putin lol
People around Putin spend a lot of time and energy to make sure taller men do not stand next to Putin as much as possible so his shortness won't show... and then this!!
Honestly I feel like this is exactly what's going through Putin's head when he sort of sighs towards the end of the clip.
This made it clear on TV that he's one of the shortest people in that room.
After having worked for someone that every single person under him was afraid of, I started to witness how much of the “fear” drove things like this. As opposed to the guy actually saying “keep all the tall pieces of shit away from me”, his head exec would interpret one instance of “that guy sure is tall, I look tiny in this picture” into defcon 2 whenever a tall person walked into the room.
I wonder how much of what happens in the world is actually due to this kind of shit.
Putin doesn’t like being talked down to
Didn't realize putin was so short. He looks tall as hell in most of his photos, or at least average height.
There is a reason why you thought that.
There was a clip of Putin's men preventing Bashar al-Assad from approaching him since Bashar is so much taller than Putin and would dwarf him. whenever Putin has to take photos with taller men it is in sitting arrangement.
I looked it up and the sites I found gave heights that ranged between 5'2" and 5'7" (for those outside the US, that is equivalent to 186-201 barleycorns).
Fun fact, whenever Putin is making a speech standing at a podium, he stands on top of a box of Ritz crackers, hence the expression...
I just realized that's why the guy hesitated to stand for the anthem.
Yeah it looks like he almost hesitated, but the pat by Putin seems nothing more than reassuring. He almost gently pulls him up.
Putin actually touches him in the shoulder.
"This is the one who we will kill for this mistake."
More like "you will rue the day you decided to come here and be taller than I am."
This made me laugh outloud in the shitter. It echoed. So did the fart. Have my upvote.
The tall guy: That was ä death tap, wasn't it.... yeaaaah..... shit....
I did not say I knew him, I said he touched me on the shoulder once!
I too want to stand before Putin, as you did.
ha ha ha, you knew Marcus Aurelius?
He was a soldier of Russia. Who will help me carry him?
Read this in the voice of Tommy Wiseau.
That's just the nerve toxin being applied.
You're fired, Rex.
I'm no Putin fan, but that "it's alright kid" touch humanized him a little bit.
Seriously, it seemed like a genuine gesture towards someone who was in a position he was quite clearly not prepared for.
...that’s not how I interpreted it. I saw it as more of a “this is the national anthem, get off your ass and stand up”
I watched this three fucking times and I didn't notice until you pointed it out. Adds to the tension.
He's gesturing him to stand up for the motherland anthem
It looks like the guy in blue doesn't want to stand and Putin is saying, you must... but you will die for it anyways.
But the guy doesn't make a move to stand up until he touches his shoulder.
That's a deer caught in the headlights if I've ever seen one.
Black and white stripes guy is the most patriotic. He got up incredibly fast.
For real, he exploded to his feet.
All to avoid being exploded for real.
He knew Vlad was in the house, he wasn’t risking anything.
100% chance he served in the red army.
100% chance the dude was born after it wasn't the red army anymore. Nevertheless.
Yeah, it looks to me like Putin thought there was an assassination attempt happening initially. See how he tenses and turns quickly to face stripes guy? He's got good situational awareness, can't deny it.
Pretty sure he stopped because the anthem started early.
Hah. I had a similar thought. He definitely notices striped shirt and slams on the brakes immediately.
Good eye. Stripes guy might be Russian secret service.
Edit actually maybe the guy next to him, toward the aisle.
That guy in the blue shirt has never been so nervous all of a sudden haha
Yeah, the guy literally froze there, he had to tap him on the shoulder to get him to stand up. And after he stood up he was like "Oh fuck why didn't I stand up, why didn't I stand up. I'LL MISS YOU GUYS"
It doesn't help when you're at the very front and have no one to take cues from. When someone in the second line stood, all the lines behind stood right away.
But to take cues from Putin. Christ.
Worse, he is taller than Putin. His people make a definite effort to surround him with people that are his height or shorter. So for this guy in blue, it's a bad day all the way down.
He didn't want to stand beside his highness Vladimir Pootietang
You can literally see the guy in the blue shirt's inner monologue.
"Clap.. clap.. don't make eye contact.. oh shit national anthem.. holy shit Vladmir fucking Putin is standing right besides me.. I should adjust my shirt cause this is definitely going to be on TV.. be cool.. just look around.. try not to stare.. ah shit.."
Edit: As others have pointed out, Putin did tap the guy on the shoulder. That kinda explains a lot about his reaction.
Also it seems like Putin mouths "blyat" at the end.
The Russian equivalent of "fuck". The word has just as many uses, and used in a very similar context.
A lot of people know it from video games that are popular in Russia, such as Counter Strike or DOTA.
Well Putin even puts his hand on his shoulder to almost say "Stand up".
You gotta be feeling like you are fucked when Putin has to tell you to stand for the anthem in front of thousands of people.
"Where should I look? NO, not away from him!! NO, not straight at him!! Where should my hands go? Pockets are comfortable, NO not in pockets. Frmp, I just had an aneurysm, now I'm paralyzed".
Someone's entire family lineage was executed or jailed.
In Russia, anthem plays when it wants.
In Soviet Russia, anthem plays you
I feel like you posted this so you could make this comment.
No that's not how Russia works.
This is literally like the end of every first date as I try to figure out what to do.
The Russian national anthem plays?
That's understandable, I mean where would you even go from there?
Premature Russian National Anthem. Don't worry, happens to a lot of guys
The comments on that video are definitely real and not fake...
Wow! He'd even stopped while playing the Russian Anthem, while not on stage! What a great man he is!
I nearly cried watching this scene. I'm not Russian, and I do not have any love for Russia. However, I can feel the patriotism, the spirit, their love for their country. I can feel his respect for the anthem, for his country, his people and their history.
(doesn't mean I'm on their side though. This is what you call empathy)
Brings tears to my eyes the love of this man for his country and the good news is that he is doing a lot for it. For such time as this mr Putin for such time as this
Those are hilariously bad. I'm actually kinda surprised they don't just go full out and talk about his huge wang or something
That's so creepy to imagine one person or so typing all of those up lol. North Korea style
Even this Reddit comment section is fishy as fuck.
Ye I also found this kind of ridiculous. Russian propaganda machine going strong these days.
The girl who walked through the camera is almost as awkward as the blue shirt guy.
Welp. Looks like I'm going to the gulag as well...
LOL @ the girl walking into frame @ 1m15s
Man, you ever think of how pissed off Putin must get about shit like this, while he's trying to make Russia an indomitable superpower again?
He's a supervillain with a bunch of bumbling henchmen.
Is it just me or does the guy in blue look at Putin almost waiting for him to tell him what to do.
“Do I stand for the anthem or remain seated for Putin. TELL ME WHAT TO DO VLAD”
And then putin is like “alright child you can stand”
...next to the wall. The firing squad will be there shortly"
Someone was russian to get the ceremony started!
He putin the cd too early
Should've been stalin for time.
Putin has the face of a man who could kill and go play with his kids half an hour later.
Reminds me of Fuhrer Bradley from Fullmetal Alchemist...
Putin is furious that he ended up juxtaposed against the tallest guy in the building.
Putin is 5'6", most guys are taller than he is.
That's a deadddd sound engineer
are you kidding? this was a golden PR moment for Putin, the ever-patriotic father of the motherland.
Absolutely, what russians are going to see is "You See, Putin honors the anthem so much even if things are going wrong and akward he stands upright!"
That guy in the blue shirt literally looks scared for his life.
wouldn't you be, one wrong action and the KGB probably kills you in your sleep.
I mean, dying in my sleep is #2 on my list.
"Hey guys, what I'm showing you is something that is about an anthem, why don't I post it to a subreddit in a format that doesn't play sound?"
One of the most annoying things on Reddit.
Normally I'd agree, but the audio really has nothing to do with the point of the post. The anthem started playing too early, so now Putin is awkwardly standing next to some random guy as it plays. I'm assuming they weren't supposed to play it until he got on stage or whatever, but it played early so everyone's kind of forced to stand up and acknowledge it, even with Putin awkwardly in the aisle.
Guy in blue is
nerve gas nervous.
r/politics was right. humanizing gif of Putin uploaded after the assassination using nerve gas. Russian propaganda efforts to soften hearts to russia
A lot (if not most) of the comments here seem to be talking about how the guy in blue is going to die or how those people are probably shitting themselves in fear. Doesn't paint a good picture of Russias leadership.
The guy in blue is shitting bricks, yes, but the guy who played the play button on the anthem probably went pale.
5’11 vs 6’
Putin really....stopped short.