The Price of Integrity

So here’s how I lost an easy 12,000 rubles. I know what some of you might be wondering- How much is that, exactly?  Well to be sure it’s around $185 at the moment and I always need rubles to avoid getting screwed by bad exchange rates if I have to use my dollar-account card. More importantly, it would entail almost no work.

In case I hadn’t mentioned it before, I have done some voice over and dubbing work here in Russia. I did a couple bit parts in two mini-series episodes for First Channel back in 2007, for which I was handsomely paid, and I’ve done some voice over for investment videos as well as a demo reel for the entertainment channel STS.  It’s good work when you can get it, assuming you can really call it work. Most of the time is consumed by simply waiting around while everything is set up, or waiting your turn while another voice actor is reading their lines.

Two days ago I was thrilled when an acquaintance of mine told me someone had contact him looking for an American who could do proofreading, translation, and most importantly, dubbing work. Even better, he told me that he thought they needed someone with military history expertise. This couldn’t be more perfect. Apparently  it is for some program called “Military Secret” on Ren TV. I’ve never heard of it since I don’t watch TV, but I was thrilled to get an email from his contact.

The last time I did voice over work, which coincidentally was before the ruble started to capsize, I was paid 10,000 rubles for reading the equivalent of maybe 2-3 pages. This was eight pages and the ruble went potato so I decided to give myself a “raise” by asking for 12,000. No problem, she says. Everything’s ready for the next day, which is the day I’m posting this, incidentally. This is awesome. Just one more thing, I ask to read the texts ahead of time, especially since she said they’d need to be corrected.  I download the texts. I open one of them.

What follows are several excerpts from the text they wanted me to read. I did not proofread the text, so everything you see is how it originally appears in the document. I only added a little commentary in bold.

If you consider this as revolting and perverted, understand that you will be seen as an intolerant, shallow person who should visit a psychiatrist. Because it is the very thing you have just thought of. It is a virile member. But at the same time it is a usual playground slide. You don’t believe it? Take a closer look! A boy of five is sliding out of the very place, right there! This playground slide is located in Norway. And it was put there in order to bring up children in a proper way, not to feel shy, but to be developed. Are you shocked??? Well, if so, it means that you are “backward” and are not able to appreciate the results of modern civilization. Not long ago Europeans decided to civilize their citizens from the cradle in order to reduce the number of such stupid people.

The smallest children are taught the core values through the examples of toy animals.
Look! This French book is under the title «Little Fox Jean has two Mums». And here is a story about a baby penguin called “The tango of two fathers, why not”. Preschool teachers in kindergartens read such books to children.

By the way, they do not fabricate the manner in which they act, but they use special methods and techniques which are being worked out in ministries!!!

And this is the same situation in Germany. Look, the pupils of one German school changed over. In honor of Gender Equality Day boys and girls were cross-dressed. Everybody took part, both teachers and students, because, according to the Europeans’ opinion, it helps to reach mutual understanding.

If you are shocked by all of this, that handicraft and PE teachers can come to school in a skirt, with makeup and high heels, and a teacher of math can come to school wearing men’s trousers and false beard, then it means that you are “backward.” LGBT ideologists are sure that a man in his infancy is a neuter. That’s why later it can choose, who it wants to be: he, she or it.

That is probably the reason why the director of the kindergarten, Lotta Reijalin, considers this procedure to be the most democratic.

Lotta Rajalin Director of Egalia 2:04 We are not going to change boys to girls, girls to boys. That’s, of course, not what we are going to do. 2:10 (book overlap) But we’d like to give every human being 2:12 (without overlap) the same rights, the same possibilities, the same responsibilities. And that is the question of democracy. 2:21  (Note the person they are talking to clearly says  they are not trying to change anyone’s gender, only guarantee equal rights -Jim)

Here is how this democracy looks in reality. Kids play with neuter dolls and read books about a boy who loved pink and a dress with white polka dots.  (Children always play with ‘neuter’ dolls; most dolls are not anatomically correct. If they were, Ren TV would be all over it. -Jim)
Boys must play in a doll kitchen equally with girls, and girls must build cities with LEGO construction blocks.  (The horror! The horror! -Jim)

And German teenagers at the age of 13 get such odd questionnaires where they are offered to think: do they belong to the right gender? Here are several questions.

When and why did you decide to be heterosexual? Isn’t heterosexuality only a phase which you’ll overcome? Is it possible that your heterosexuality is the result of the neurotic fear of the people the same gender with you?”… (I think it’s obvious that these questions are probably intended to make heterosexual youth think about what gay and lesbian youth experience. It’s pointing out that just as they don’t decide to be heterosexual and it’s not a phase, the same goes for homosexuality. You think Russia’s media would be overjoyed to learn that you can’t turn people into homosexuals, but strangely no.  -Jim)

You must admit that such questions are difficult to make out by adults, say nothing of seventh graders.

How did it happen that conservative Europe, having honored family traditions and traditional values, came down to accept the freedom of minorities, as well as the legitimation of the corruption of children in kindergartens?? The fact of the matter is that nowadays many followers of non-traditional euro values are in the halls of power, as the analysts say.

They try to make neuters of modern children, who fell victims to the doctrine accepted in 1995. It is the year when the transformation of a person into mysterious “it” began. In Peking during the UN World Conference, the notion “sex” was changed to “gender” owing to the representatives of non-traditional orientation. It would seem at the time like nothing special. But many psychologists and sociologists say that it can lead to the crash of human civilization.

See that? “Many psychologists and sociologists.” Would the reader be shocked to be informed that none of the “many” are named? An untranslated piece of Russian text that follows says that gender theory is not scientific but “ideological.” That’s great, because if that’s the case it means they can easily refute it by providing scientific evidence against it. Strangely, they don’t.

In case it’s not painfully obvious at this point, what we have here is another hate documentary demonizing Europeans as gender-bending perverts who corrupt little children. We’ve seen this before. The document contains some Youtube videos that supposedly serve as evidence of all this evil indoctrination, but I’m quite convinced that the interpretation of what’s going on in them is highly distorted. Moreover, one can always find all kinds of wacky ideas in the gender studies departments of universities which have absolutely no significant impact or even awareness outside of academia.

Yep, it’s this shit again.

What matters is daily life in Europe and having lived half a year in Prague and having traveled through several European countries including Germany, Austria, Poland, Spain, and the UK, I cannot recall seeing a single gay pride parade, advertisement for a gay pride parade, or anything like the kind of nonsense the Russian media can’t seem to shut the fuck up about. And while Poland is known to be very conservative, keep in mind that Spain is considered one of the world’s most gay friendly countries, and I don’t remember seeing anything that would indicate this while I was there. While I wasn’t specifically looking, I don’t remember noting any openly gay couples in Spain, let alone gay pride parades, festivals, and all the things the Russian media loves using to terrify babushkas and ignorant vatniks, some of whom live in near third-world conditions. Sure, their building may be crumbling, drunks pass out in the corridor, police hit people up for bribes, the roads are holed and the sidewalks obliterated, and the price of everyday goods continues to rise. “But at least Russian schools don’t teach their children to choose their own gender like those degenerate Europeans and Americans! They’ll pay for their lack of respect for the laws of nature! One day they’ll see! They’ll all see!” That’s the refrain the media sings.

Of course all that perversion that never stopped people like Dmitry Kiselyev, a notorious purveyor of such propaganda, from vacation in “Gayropa,” as they call it. No, it was an EU travel ban that put a stop to that. And of course Kiselyev is only one of countless Kremlin-supporting Russian businessmen, politicians, and celebrities who constantly denigrate and denounce perverted Europe while investing money there, sending their own children to study there, and spending vacations there, insofar as they are still allowed to, of course. Putin apparently isn’t concerned that his daughter living in the Netherlands might become a lesbian or a man. Foreign minister Lavrov isn’t concerned that his daughter will be similarly influenced living in the very cosmopolitan, gay friendly New York. Why aren’t Russia’s traditional values good enough for their children?

At this point I’m going to stop the rant and return to the story. Needless to say, I declined the offer. There was another text, something about how the US used a false pretext to wage war on Iraq. In other circumstances I might have read something like that, but after seeing that other piece I had no tolerance. Besides, what right has Russia to criticize the American invasion of Iraq now, as it wages a not-so-secret war against its “brother people” in Ukraine? At least the United States admitted it had gone to war. At least the country told the mothers, fathers, widows, and children that their loved ones had died in Iraq or Afghanistan, and aside from one particularly notable exception, the circumstances surrounding their deaths were explained to them.

So there went 12,000 rubles. This now makes a total of 39,000 rubles I have lost due to maintaining my integrity, the remaining 27,000 was the price of lessons with a spoiled, rich little sack of shit who loves studying abroad in the US and UK but wanted to play patriot with me while we were sitting in her incredibly luxurious apartment. I returned the pre-payment minus the cost of the lesson, having decided that such a patriot would feel far more comfortable in a Russian university. These people live at the expense of the suffering Russian people, whom they treat with utter contempt. They don’t get to be patriots.

I’m not a believer in the supernatural, but it felt like some kind of divine reward when only about an hour after turning down the offer, a publisher contacted me to say that they would be publishing an article I had submitted to them, and paying me for it as well. It’s not 12,000 rubles cash in hand, but it’s infinitely more valuable to me. Getting published is something I can be proud of, whereas lending my voice to a documentary which slanders Europeans and spreads hate would be an eternal source of shame even if my name weren’t attached to it.  Integrity is worth more than 12,000 rubles, even at 2013 exchange rates.

And of course, there are other ways to raise money on the side. Ahem…COUGH! COUGH!

6 thoughts on “The Price of Integrity

  1. Armands (@Elderer)

    (h)Ren (хрен) TV is Alex Jones podcast of Russia.
    Whats worse, its state funded – I noticed that after 2011 Russian presidential elections its got only worse – they actually host psychics and other lunatics, make programes about aliens building Egyptian Pyramids and how bad US army is.
    Month or so ago when I was surfing TV channels I stumbled upon it and there it was – an hour long series explaining grey/reptiloid war that is currently taking place on our planet.
    Reptiloids being Republicans and Grey alliens being Democrats and its the duty of Holy Russia to help those two kill each other.

    Just one example :

  2. Estragon

    I watched Russian TV from time to time, a few years ago. That weird schizophrenia was already there. There would be denunciations of America and Europe, followed by showings of American and British TV series or Hollywood movies. These shows, especially the movies, tended to portray American life as some sort of wonderland where everyone lived in a big house and spent the day doing exciting things, when they weren’t relaxing by the pool or chilling in a nightclub. Then the movie would end, and the Russian part of TV would start up again, denouncing the evil West and glorifying Russia. Is it any wonder Russian “patriots” are so schizophrenic?

  3. Asehpe

    Estragon, you’re on to something there. Russians complain about the West and its perversion, yet they love it at the same time.

    Someday Russians should resolve these issues. It’s as if they didn’t know themselves well enough — as if they simply couldn’t tell who they are, so their only hope is to say that they are what others aren’t; including the “others” (Europeans, Americans) they’d love to be.

    How come Russians don’t notice that? I suppose it’s like asking how come American southerners don’t realize they’re voting against their own interests when they elect conservative Republicans. It’s not about what is actually good or bad for them — it’s about the perception of us as “winning” or “losing” in a battle against our “enemies”.

    Ah, Russia. You could be such a wonderful country, if only you wanted to!…

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