Gessen, NYT, Cheese

Masha Gessen, the androgynous Tsarnaev sympathizer who shares her children with three mothers and five fathers (or something like that, not that I actually keep track), and stalwart enemy of the bloody Putin regime(TM), writes in the NYT:

It is cheese that Russians write home about when they go abroad. “It’s my first time in Europe after all that’s happened,” the journalist and filmmaker Inna Denisova, a critic of the annexation of Crimea, wrote on her Facebook page in February. “And it’s exceedingly emotional. And of course it’s not seeing the historic churches and museums that has made me so emotional — it’s seeing cheese at the supermarket. My little Gorgonzola. My little mozzarella. My little Gruyère, chèvre and Brie. I held them all in my arms — I didn’t even want to share them with the shopping cart — and headed for the cash register.” There, Ms. Denisova wrote, she started crying. She ended her post with a sort of manifesto of Europeanness and a question: “Je suis Charlie et je suis fromage. I want my normal life back — can it be that it’s gone forever?”

What will those poor Russians possibly do without their little Gorgonzola and their little Gruyère?

I cri evrytiem. ((((

These are the same class of people who pay for subscriptions to Snob magazine. In my observations, European cheese is a favorite obsession of theirs. They are far more insufferable than the high flyers who plop down for multiple bottles of Dom Pérignon. At least with the latter one doesn’t usually have to suffer pretensions to sophistication.

With enemies like these, Putin needs no friends.

Anatoly Karlin is a transhumanist interested in psychometrics, life extension, UBI, crypto/network states, X risks, and ushering in the Biosingularity.


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  1. Anonymous says

    Word cannot express my sorrow. You have changed my life: I just burned my Putin T-shirt and returned the money he sent me for trolling.
    Putin is SUCH A MONSTER!!!! All that is left for poor Russian to eat is crappy Soviet Cheese with his foul mug branded on it.
    Stay strong dear Masha and keep speaking truth to power.
    (PS. John McCain has a secret stash of cheese in his office; I’m sure he’ll let you have some. But it’s only processed cheese, AKA America cheese. But that tastes better than unreliable French cheese because it tastes of FREEDOM!!!!)

  2. Patrick Armstrong says

    I would accuse you of making this up, AK, except that I know there is no idiocy that Gessen and the NYT are not capable of.

    “Je suis Fromage”.

    Well, hah hah.

    The bottom is far lower than we had ever imagined. I had no idea that IQ had a negative measurement.

  3. Anonymous says

    The NYT denuded an entire hillside of trees to publish this nonsense!!!

  4. “Je suis fromage!!” — the terrifying battle cry of the next color revolution. This could actually be effective, as everyone around them would be so busy laughing and/or wondering “wtf?”, they could take the Kremlin unopposed. Perhaps Nuland could personally pilot a c-130 full of those Green Bay Packers cheese hats into Moscow to support the proud revolutionaries.

  5. Perhaps you can spin this into a cheese vs pineapple (from ‘chaud ananas’) war?

  6. Craig Willy says

    “Je suis Charlie et je suis fromage.”
    That is a pretty funny self-discrediting statement.

    The few Russian émigrés I have met in Belgium and France tend to be a bit of an odd lot. Not uncommon for them to be anti-Putin, including various levels of rebellion against their more conservative/patriotic parents, but they invariably are extremely “Eastern” and dubious about Westerners’ impassioned advocacy of gay sex and recycling.

  7. Anonymous says

    Disconnected liberals and cheese.

    Senator Elizabeth Warren, portrayed by the liberal media as the politician for little fellers not the Rockefellers (though she has a $750k/year salary, a $1.8 million house in Cambridge, and a $10 million net worth) wanted her proletariat followers to do some grassroots campaigning in their daily grind. She implored them to voice their support “…on blogs, email, forward email, and talk to the person behind you in the cheese store.”

    I know after a “hayd” day’s work it’s common for guys from the Local 33 in South Boston to head on over to the cheese store after getting their six pack of Narragansett Beer and Marlboro Lights.

  8. Jeff Albertson says

    “Masha stole the keishka* (three times)
    She hung it on the rack, hey!”

    The Velveeta Underground

    *actually sausage, I think, but cheesy enough for parody

  9. Fran Macadam says

    All you need to know about how “progressive” Masha is, is that she is unabashedly pro-NSA mass surveillance of the American people, on the side of the lies of the Clappers and Rogers against the rest of us:

    Gessen worries Snowden’s “suspicious” revelations are in the interest of but one country: Russia. “The Russian propaganda machine has not gotten this much mileage out of a US citizen since Angela Davis’s murder trial in 1971.”

    Note she conflates “Soviet” with “Russian” as if the Cold War was seamless to now.

    As so often, flaccid morality coincides with authoritarianism.

  10. Beer, cheddar cheese and sausage are pretty good together.