If anyone wants to know why I can sometimes become so angry when it comes to Ukrainian issues, I finally managed to develop a way to explain it without writing pages upon pages. Here we go:
Vishivankas? Great. It’s a good folk style and I wholeheartedly support the popularization of any form of menswear that makes neckties and impossibility. Death to neckties.
Long mustaches? Sure. I’m on board.
Chub (Ukrainian traditional cossack hairstyle, sometimes called a ‘forelock’ in English)? Well I’m jealous because thanks to mother nature I can’t really grow one, but again, it’s something that become very popular. Let us encourage this cultural appropriation abroad.
Cossacks? Well let’s not romanticize them, like certain neighbors do, but we cannot deny that Ukraine’s modern roots spring from Cossack culture.
Taras Shevchenko? Of course! Even if we ignore the importance he played in developing the modern Ukrainian language, how could anyone condemn such an incredible mustache in today’s hipster-dominated world?
Ukrainian independence? Of course! Who wants to be dragged down by the crumbling wannabe empire?
Ukrainian territorial integrity? Absolutely.
Ukraine in Europe? Obviously there are controversial aspects of this and it shouldn’t be seen as some sort of panacea, but there are certainly worse things that could happen to Ukraine.
The OUN, UPA, and Bandera? Absolutely not. These movements and their leader never represented Ukraine, they were never supported by anything beyond a small minority of Ukrainians and they did nothing to achieve Ukrainian independence or improve Ukraine. Ukraine has no such lack of heroes that it must make them out of these losers who were products of an era when fascism was the norm for Eastern and Central European political movements.
“HOW COULD YOU SAY THAT? ARE YOU SOME KIND OF RUSSIAN TROLL OR FSB AGENT? DON’T YOU KNOW THAT ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING NEGATIVE THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT THE OUN, UPA, OR STEPAN BANDERA WAS REALLY FALSIFIED BY THE NKVD, KGB, FSB, AND THE JE- ER…POLES?! THESE ARE SYMBOLS OF OUR UKRAINIAN HERITAGE AND ANYONE AND EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTS UKRAINE MUST PAY HOMAGE TO THEM TO PROVE THEY ARE NOT AGENTS OF THE KREMLIN!”
And now you know why I get pissed off at Ukraine from time to time.