Ukrainian Talks

Posted: November 21, 2013 in Travel & Culture
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You know when you’re searching for something on the internet, and all of a sudden you end up somewhere you never expected to end up at ?! That’s pretty much what happened to me. I was researching for possible employment opportunities in Nordic countries, particularly in Iceland, and in midst of all the search, I came across a blog which contained words that caught my attention. A few minutes later, I was exposed to the world of Roosh V. He’s a controversial fella, isn’t he ?! As I was reading his biography page, a link containing his inclusion in “Ukrainian Talks” caught my eye and this s what I want to write about today.

Before discussing the program, I’d like to shed some light on Roosh’ story. He’d travel European nations and stay there for months and then write books about how to seduce their women. He’s published multiple books reflecting on his time in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Denmark, Iceland, and more. His last published book, titled “Bang Ukraine”, described his 3 months spell in city of Kharkiv in Ukraine and how he got on with Ukrainian women. The book caused a lot of controversies within Ukrainians. He was then invited to one of the most popular Ukrainian TV shows, called “Ukrainian Talks” to discuss and answer some questions about the contents of his book.  Quiet a story, isn’t it ?!

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I watched the show twice and I found it extremely entertaining. It was in Ukrainian, and hence subtitles were needed. The nature of Ukrainian language sounded very passionate and assertive, and it perfectly suited the theme of the show. I found the show a lot purer and more real than your typical Western show. Participants were ruthless and passionate in expressing their opinions, and the debate took a totally different direction than one I initially expected. The show host himself said: “We started the program on a funny note, but now it’s not so funny.” The discussion jumped from Roosh’ book to sex-tourism. Ukrainian men had a lot of disagreements, be it about the relationship of foreigners with Ukrainian girls or the extent of disrespect shown to country of Ukraine in Roosh’ book. It was fantastic viewing in my opinion, and I felt that everyone claimed some sort of victory in the end. The approach Ukrainian TV took to address this issue was more unique than those in other countries which Roosh has written about and it was well worth it.

Eastern Europe is certainly a fascinating geographic region. You can’t help but think of relatively cheap costs of living (for a Western citizen) and stunning women when you hear of Eastern Europe. People’s culture and day to day lives is often forgotten in those discussions, whereas in reality they are full of mind-blowing trends and facts. You know what ?! I may as well go ahead and read Roosh’ book. It must contain some interesting stuff to garner so much interest and controversy, and let’s be honest who doesn’t love a good controversial theory with “Ukrainian Talks” serving as the catalyst in my interest in Ukraine. I’d definitely recommend clicking on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2INybBpXkM  if you have 30 minutes to spare. You won’t be disappointed !

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