“Don’t start a war Vladdy”: The Comments on Vladimir Putin’s Instagram Are Insensitive and Immature 

By: Reina Escobar

With Russian military activity on the Ukrainian border and nations siding with Ukraine, there has been talk about the Russian president, Vladimir Putin starting a war. With this, apparently, Gen Z users have been in the comments of an unverified account for Putin. Based on the tone and emojis, it is safe to assume these comments are satirical. 

Examples of comments include “No war pls😢❤️” and “This is not the vibe.” This is ridiculous and insensitive to people who have been affected by war and suffered due to war. Another comment says “Hey daddy Putin, I know you’re in a silly goofy mood but please don’t start ww3🥰🥰🤪🤪.” Real people are going to suffer if war happens, so I don’t know who in their right state of mind would make jokes about something so serious. There have even been sexual comments made that are so inappropriate that I can’t even show on here.  

This isn’t the first time people have made satirical comments about wars. I remember being eight and seeing a sexual joke about Adolf Hilter. I didn’t even know who he was at the time. Imagine in the future, a kid reading a sexual comment about a man named Vladimir, and then searching him. The poor kid is going to be shocked once they found out that Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine and made millions suffer.  

An article by the Washington Post titled, “Their War Ended 70 Years Ago. Their Trauma Didn’t” describes how World War II affected people despite being over 70 years ago. It displays how there is a multitude of problems that come for people

individually after a war such as nightmares, survivor’s guilt, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Along with war, these are the kind of things people are joking about. There are a plethora of other topics that come along with war that also affect people. 

People make satirical comments all of the time, and that’s fine as long as it is executed well, but making a mockery out of a possible war that will affect millions of people? Yeah, I don’t think so. If they actually wanted to stop a war, they could have attempted to aid the ones in Ukraine who are in need of help instead of tapping on their screens.