Our opening ceremonies will include no immoral gay propaganda, Komrade. Instead, the "tATu" girls will make out in their underwear.
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) February 7, 2014
Remember t.A.T.u.? The Russian pop pair captured international attention back in 2003 with “All the Things She Said,” whose lyrics and video weren’t exactly light on suggestions of lesbianism. Given Putin’s stance on homosexuality, logic would dictate that t.A.T.u. wouldn’t have much to do there these days. But logic would apparently be wrong:
The duo was part of today’s opening ceremony, but they sang a different tune:
Details of the opening ceremony are a closely guarded secret. But two people familiar with the matter say Russia’s team will enter the stadium to the music of t.a.T.u, made up of Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova. The group will perform at the warm-up show that won’t be broadcast internationally, the people said. The Russian team will then file into the stadium to the sound of their 2003 hit “Not Gonna Get Us.”
Even if they aren’t singing about lesbianism, t.A.T.u. seems like a surprising choice. Then again, maybe since the girls aren’t actually lesbians, Russia’s giving them a pass. Tweeters can’t help but be intrigued:
So tATu, a duo famous for pretending to be lesbians, is performing at the Opening Ceremony for #Sochi2014? Can't make this stuff up.
— Alex M. Silverman (@AlexMSilverman) February 7, 2014
I'm sorry, WHAT? TaTu is performing at the opening ceremonies? Are we actually living in bizarro world?
— Katie N (@counselor_oi) February 7, 2014
TATU is playing at the Sochi opening ceremony?? #StraightLesbians
— Benjamin (@mannytabloid) February 7, 2014
— RPW & Pavel Butorin (@RusPoliceWatch) February 7, 2014
Russians hate gays. But everybody loves lesbians… http://t.co/sRL1xEmfBr
— Sanj (@Sanj_OnAir) February 7, 2014
Seems Tatu will perform at Sochi OC. No idea what "gay propaganda among minors" actually means, but if anything comes close it's a Tatu vid!
— Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) February 7, 2014
The lesbian Russian pop duo Tatu is apparently performing at #Sochi2014 opening ceremonies. Russia is an enigma wrapped in a mystery
— Mischa Menuck (@MischaMenuck) February 7, 2014
For the record, President “Vladimir Putin” seems OK with it:
EVERYONE STOP STRESSING!! The kirill of the orthodox church assured me that he "prayed TATU's gay away" so they're fine for #sochi2014.
— Vladimir Putin (@DarthPutinKGB) February 7, 2014
Heh. Hopefully he had a front-row seat:
— Matt Galloway (@mattgallowaycbc) February 7, 2014
Surprise! t.A.T.u. managed to push the envelope, if only a little bit:
— Andrew Jones (@andrewmjones) February 7, 2014
Tatu holding hands as they come in and their song still has a few gay(ish) allusions in the lyrics. Miming.
— James Ellingworth (@jellingworth) February 7, 2014
But it looks like they showed a little more restraint this time: