2/26/2019 12:26:00 PM Russian choir defends decision to sing satirical song about nuking the US
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A choir in the Russian city of St. Petersburg has defended its decision to sing a satirical Soviet-era song about a nuclear attack on the United States after critics said the performance was a poor choice amid heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington.
A video of the St. Petersburg Concert Choir’s performance in the iconic St. Isaac’s Cathedral was posted over the weekend but only attracted attention Tuesday. The choir closed its social media page to comments after it was inundated with indignant remarks
During its Saturday concert marking Russia’s military holiday, the choir included the untitled song from 1980 that jokingly describes Soviet submariners and bomber pilots preparing to launch a nuclear attack on the U.S. “for three rubles.”
The choir said in a statement Tuesday that it performs a variety of songs as they originally were written and refuses to “rewrite lyrics for the sake of political correctness.”
St. Isaac’s Cathedral, which hosted the concert, told The Associated Press the song was not on the pre-approved program for the St. Petersburg choir’s concert but performed as an encore, and that the cathedral does not approve of it. .
The lyrics include the line, “Forgive us, America, fair America, but 500 years ago they discovered you for nothing.”