Get Real! Ukrainian Expat Group Wants Oscars to Remove Noms for 'Top Gun: Maverick' Over Russian Oligarch Allegation

Nick Kangadis | March 10, 2023
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Anyone else a little sick and tired of having to bend over backwards to any and all of the delicate sensibilities of certain Ukrainians? It’s like, ‘Okay, we get it. You hate Russians.’ And sure, the government of Russia should be given no grace in terms of their actions, but to want to basically scrub the entire world of anything remotely connected to Russia or Russian culture is beyond ridiculous.

A group of Ukrainian expatriates based in Toronto, egomaniacally called the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), is requesting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should rescind the nominations for the massive hit movie “Top Gun: Maverick” at this Sunday’s Academy Awards. Apparently, one of the production companies for the film, Los Angeles-based New Republic Pictures, had a silent investor that is allegedly a Russian oligarch.

According to Deadline:

The Toronto-based Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) asked AMPAS to review the film’s Oscar eligibility, following media reports in January that Russian billionaire Dimitry Rybolovlev indirectly helped finance the film. Rybolovlev is on a list of Russian businessmen sanctioned by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. The purpose of the letter per UWC is to stamp out the potential for Russian meddling in the content of Hollywood films.

Of course, no one in Hollywood or the good people of the UWC have a problem with the immense influence communist China has on the industry and films at large.

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I understand that propaganda can be funded by foreign entities and mass produced for a global audience so that the indoctrination can be easily weaved into the stories. But, if you actually watched “Top Gun: Maverick,” you’d know that the movie was one of the very few pro-American movies in recent memory.

Ukrainians might have access to unfettered amounts of American taxpayer dollars, but isn’t it a little hypocritical for them to tell others who can or can’t influence a movie in an effort to dictate where a movie’s influence can originate from?


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