What are your thoughts about this?
I think you’re letting yourself be consumed by sheer hatred and binary thinking away from who your real enemies are/is, who brought this upon you basically, and into embracing and encouraging solutions that will, in the end, hurt you and your country more as a result. This goes for @dmgtz96
aswell and the false presumption of there being no both sides in this conflict.
There’s always two sides. No matter how much Russian or Western propaganda would like you to think that there’s not and only absolutes of good and evil exists. But that aside for this thread.
As for should you let foreign Dj’s play in Russia during a time of war.
The presumption is that this festival and its DJ’s will “support” instead of undermine the Russian war effort and that western cancellation and sanctions are the best method to hurt the Putin regime.
Well lets dive into that a bit.
So this festival can be boiled down in to two segments. Economy (does it pay for the war) and Culture (does it promote the war)
Economics. The Russian economy is, Courtesy of western sanctions, Booming. The Rubble has never been this high. So its a bit hard to fathom that this private festival attractive to the more liberal circles of Russia will in any way meaningfully contribute, if at all, to the war effort. Its not State funded, and speaking from experience this will probably not see a single tax dollar returned to the government.
Then there’s Culture. Part of what fuels the Russian propaganda machine is the idea of the “cancellation of Russia” and Putin’s regime is milking this extensively. Basically the message is: “See? The west Hates you! Normal Russian citizens, and wants to destroy you, I, the Great Leader, love you and will save you”. Basically: By wanting to cancel Foreign Trance Dj’s you’re basically playing into the hands of Putin, who will, in contrast to the economic side, definitely use that for (much needed) morale and motivation.
Here’s an interesting little recent tidbit example of that in case you think I’m talking bollocks:
Now, this is in Russian but I’m sure @Enlusion
or any other Russian user can translate this for anyone who won’t take my word for it. This concert statement of Yuri Shevchuk, leader of the DDT rock band that thrived in former USSR for 40 years and the reaction of the concergoers is a clear barometer how Russian youth feels about war. Rock in USSR was a weapon of discontent and subversion of the official ideology. DDT concerts are now suspended by Russian officials.
Make no mistake, This war and by extend the culture that accompanies it will drag on as long as Putin is in office and It was to a large extend also Western culture and music that brought down the USSR apparatus, highlight being arguably the Berlin wall, another nice example of a Russian regime being brought to its knees by western influence. .
Cancel culturing foreign trance Dj’s and music from Russia is precisely what you don’t want to do.
, If you feel like doing something and if you feel helpless at seeing trance music being brought to your hated enemy which, believe it or not, I can actually relate too, My suggestion is to approach them individually will generousity, kindness and politeness. Explain your grievences that way get them on your side and maybe (if they’re safety isn’t too much compromised) will make an anti war/ anti big government (who’s ultimately the one responsible for this/these/all wars) statement at the concert, bringing more Russians to your side of the isle and against the big government(s) that have brought this Horror upon you and you Country.
my 2 cents.