Top 20 Most Cringeworthy Zelensky PR Moments

The US empire’s proxy war in Ukraine has had many jaw-dropping instances of imperialist sociopathy, propagandistic audacity and brazen journalistic malpractice that we’ve discussed in this space many times, but one of the most cringeworthy and degrading aspects of the globe-spanning narrative control campaign surrounding this war has been the way the nation’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has been turned into an ever-present corporate mascot for the most aggressive ad campaign ever devised. The way the most powerful institutions in the western world have been throwing their puppet in everyone’s face to sell the empire’s proxy warfare puts Ronald McDonald to shame.

Here are 20 of the cringiest moments of establishment PR using Zelensky to market the McProxy War to the western world, in no particular order.

1. A House Republican introducing a bill to place a bust of Zelensky in the US Capitol building

Antiwar’s Dave DeCamp writes:

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) introduced a bill this week that would place a bust of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the House wing of the US Capitol building, an idea that was strongly criticized by more conservative GOP members.

2. The fake Hollywood action hero-sounding “I need ammunition, not a ride” quote

The only source for the quote was a single unnamed US government official, yet numerous mainstream media outlets reported it as fact instead of ignoring it for the baseless nonsense that it plainly was, and now it’s part of the official narrative.

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Caitlin Johnstone @caitoz
It was clear Ukraine was going to be the phoniest, most PR-intensive proxy war of all time when the entire mainstream press started baselessly ascribing a Hollywood action hero-sounding quote to Zelensky that he never actually said.

3. The Vogue cover shoot

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Logan Hall @loganclarkhall
wartime vogue photo shoots. very serious. let’s keep sending ukraine weekly billion dollar aid packages to protect “democracy.” don’t question it.

5. Time Magazine Person of the Year

6. Star Wars: Attack of the Drones

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The Times and The Sunday Times @thetimes
The Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has joined President Zelensky to raise money for drones to fight Russia, which the actor compared to the “evil empire” from the films

7. Zelensky giving a speech at the Golden Globes

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Володимир Зеленський @ZelenskyyUa
I addressed the participants of the 80th @goldenglobes Awards. This award was born at a special time. WWII was not over yet, but the tide was turned – all knew who would win. It is now 2023. The war in 🇺🇦 is not over yet but the tide is turning & it is already clear who will win.

8. Zelensky giving a speech for the Grammys

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The Kyiv Independent @KyivIndependent
⚡️Ukrainian artists, Zelensky address audience at the Grammys. President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the audience in a pre-recorded video, wherein he said:“We are fighting Russia, which brings horrible silence with its bombs. The dead silence. Fill the silence with your music.”

9. Zelensky getting an Academy Award from actor Sean Penn

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Two-time Academy Award winner #SeanPenn gifted his Oscar to Ukrainian president @ZelenskyyUa as a symbol of strength #Zelenskyy #Ukraine #UkraineRussiaWar️

10. Zelensky addressing the World Economic Forum

11. Zelensky giving a speech and ringing the bell for the New York Stock Exchange

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Reuters @Reuters
Ukrainian President Zelenskiy kicked off trading at the New York Stock Exchange by remotely ringing the opening bell

12. Zelensky giving a speech at the secretive Bilderberg Group (probably)

We’d never know if Zelensky actually did end up making a video appearance because of Bilderberg’s notorious secrecy, but ahead of the meeting The Guardian reported he probably would:

“The conference room is rigged up with video screens for shy dignitaries to make a virtual attendance, and it’s highly likely that Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will Zoom in for a T-shirted contribution to the talks. Just a few days beforehand, Zelenskiy met with a Bilderberg and US intelligence representative Alex Karp, who runs Palantir, the infamous CIA-funded surveillance and data analysis company.”

13. Zelensky giving a speech at the Cannes Film Festival

14. Zelensky giving a speech at the Glastonbury Festival

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The Kyiv Independent @KyivIndependent
President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the Glastonbury Festival on June 24. “Glastonbury is the greatest concentration of freedom these days,” he said, calling on attendees to spread the truth about Russia’s war and donate to support Ukrainians. Video: Glastonbury/Twitter

15. Weird Hologram Zelensky at the Founders Forum in the UK

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The Kyiv Independent @KyivIndependent
⚡️Zelensky addresses Founders Forum in U.K. as hologram. President Volodymyr Zelensky appeared as a hologram at the Founders Forum, a gathering of tech entrepreneurs in the U.K., to call on Europe’s tech leaders to help rebuild Ukraine and to announce a “digital lend-lease.”

16. Zelensky meeting with Ben Stiller

17. The Ukrainian flag performance in the US congress

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Lafayette @LafayetteCahill
“The phoniest, most PR-intensive war of all time.” –@caitoz

18. The bizarre Biden-Zelensky slow motion action-heroes-walking-away-from-an-explosion video clip

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President Biden @POTUS
In Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified war, I’m proud to say they have not stood alone.   And on my watch, they never will.

19. Guest on David Letterman’s show

20. The obligatory Bono psyop

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Rolling Stone @RollingStone
Following a personal invitation from Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky, U2’s Bono and the Edge visited Kyiv Sunday to perform an acoustic concert in one of the city’s subway stations-turned-bomb shelters

Honorable mention: Zelensky meeting with BlackRock CEO Larry Fink to help “rebuild” (read: buy up) Ukraine

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Jordan @JordanChariton
BlackRock to “rebuild” Ukraine. This is going to make the neoliberalism and privatization the U.S. inflicted on post-Soviet Russia look like child’s play

 Honorable mention: DC party at the Ukrainian embassy openly hosted by the US military-industrial complex

Are people not tired of having their intelligence insulted yet?


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  1. ‘n the United States dances merrily on – to welcome the disaster that’s on the way – won’t be long now,,,,,

  2. “The Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has joined President Zelensky to raise money for drones to fight Russia, which the actor compared to the “evil empire” from the films” Celebreties should stay away from politics. It is not because you were in one or two good films that your opinions are more important.

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