Embarrassing mistake in the city of Barnaul, Russia. The poster dedicated to the Victory Day appeared to feature an American (and not Russian) soldier.
Translated from News2ru:
Maybe it’s not right to accuse the city officials that the huge billboard depicts an American soldier – since this is the fault of designers. But as they say – “you get what you order”. Moreover, if not an “accident” – this bullshit would certainly go unnoticed.
At first glance, this is a very positive placard: black and white photograph, brave soldier with a radiant smile, a-la Yuri Gagarin. The only confusing detail is a palm tree in the background. But why not – in Germany there are places with palm trees.
But! The picture itself… This staged photo shows the U.S. marine soldier in Guam with M1 carbine.
Well, at least there is an ally in the picture and not a German soldier (as it happened in the past); or image of the Chinese aircraft on the poster for February 23 [ed: “Defender of the Fatherland Day in Russia”].
Reactions of Russian netizens
aleksejtimofeev: This is not so bad – allies, somehow.
Max Folder (replying to the comment above): Are there many Russian soldiers’ portraits in American cities?
begemoth: So what? For today’s children – the Great Patriotic War is the tale of old times, as for children of the USSR was the war of 1812. It is high time to stop being worn on the great victory. Apparently, in “this country” there is little to be proud of – if titles of hero are given to former terrorists and tricksters from the Central Election Commission.
[Note: last sentence refers to the honor received by Churov, head of the Central Election Commission]
oldpiu: The most tragic and comic thing is that Russia doesn’t have any right to be proud of the achievements of the USSR.
NOPAK: What does it have to do with designers? They had to make a bureaucratic banner, earned easy money, now sitting in the bar and laughing at idiots. Well done, business is business. This is one side. The other side – money is not from the pockets of city officials but from our own, including veterans and pensioners.
And in China, the mayor would be executed for such thing, but no need – the Chinese mayor looks very carefully what to put and what not to put for others to see. And here nobody gives a fuck because money rules.
mrAndy: As if it would be the first time, huh.
Fireleo (replying to the comment above): This is “art” from the game “World in Conflict”.
[Note: in the upper photo image is the same as in the game but the writing in Russian says – “Victory Day!”]
Nonna: My issue with this is not related to the war. It’s a blatant lack of professionalism which is becoming norm in all kind of spheres. I am annoyed with these hungry for money amateurs who are sure that the employer doesn’t pay them enough… These are who we should fight with. And most importantly, they don’t even see the problem - ”well, it works as it is – so, everything is fine”. My verdict kick them out from job with the appropriate recommendations – those who made it and their boss.
CyberDragon: You can see from miles that it wasn’t done by professionals. Using such childish, standard photoshop effects in such projects is suicide.