There is no ideology or politics around the situation with the rock group “Bi-2”, what happened is an incident of the performer. This is how the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova commented on the refusal of the rock group “Bi-2” to perform in Omsk because of the banner with the inscription “For the President” on the stage.
“It happens: everyone wants the best, but it doesn’t even turn out well. There is no ideology, no politics there, and close. But I’m talking about something else. Immediately, in a loyal frenzy, persecution began, which among the “civilized” is called the “culture of cancellation”. Everyone started poisoning everyone,” the diplomat wrote on April 29 in her Telegram channel.
She recalled the words of Russian President Vladimir Putin about the “culture of cancellation” in Western countries.
“We won’t repeat these mistakes, will we?” Zakharova asked a question.
The diplomat also cited the words of the head of state about the trait of Russians “to take to heart”, noting that she is “like that herself”. At the same time, she pointed out, time requires Russians to feel someone else’s pain with all their hearts and appease vanity for the sake of justice, extinguish anger and aggression in themselves, and be wise.
“And further. Love each other, ”concluded Zakharova.
The concert was canceled the day before, a few minutes before the start of the event. The musicians said that they were ready to perform, but the organizers did not let them go on stage. At the same time, the team did not specify who banned the performance and why.
Guitarist of the rock band “Bi-2” Andrei Zvonkov tried to justify himself for disrupting the concert. According to the artist, according to the terms of the contract, there should not be advertising banners in the rented hall, and the one that hung on the stage “interfered with sound and light,” and therefore the team decided to hang it with a cloth.
Almost immediately after the Bi-2 fans waiting at the entrance to the concert venue were announced that the performance was cancelled, Ivan Kolesnik, Deputy Minister of Physical Culture and Sports of the region, came out to the people. He said that the team “secretly, at night, without coordinating with anyone” hung the banner with a “black mourning cloth.” The city authorities negotiated, offered compromises, and in the end they themselves removed the banner, but the artists refused to perform.