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That video of Vladmir Putin getting pooped on by a bird is fake
Today is already ruined.
No sooner had we learned that Russian President Vladimir Putin was the victim of an avian fecal bombing campaign than we found out it was all a sham. Where’s nature’s call when you need it?
Putin, in fact, gave a galling speech about peace and the limits of violence at the opening of a World War One memorial without having his suit soiled by a bird, as we’d been led to believe:
Here’s the original footage—the supposed protest would have occurred shortly after the nine-minute mark. (Or maybe it did, and this is the altered video? Choose your own conspiracy!)
In any case, let’s have a moment of silence—first of all, for those who have needlessly died in war; secondly, for the viral video that was too perfect to be real; and finally, just in case this is a double-reverse hoax, for the brave bird that was no doubt shot and stuffed shortly after making its political convictions known. May it serve as a symbol of the courage the rest of us lack.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'