Musicians, venues and Hollywood all join Russia boycott
Vladimir Putin’s atrocious invasion of Ukraine sparks mass protest around the world, and now Hollywood, the music industry and some artistic places are joining us. Many stand firmly with the people of Ukraine as they fight for their rightful sovereignty in one of the most tense geopolitical times of our lifetime. And while the Russian people were also protesting against the invasion – only to be met with gross totalitarianism — unfortunately, they will feel the weight of the global protest. The entertainment industry boycott is largely superficial, but it does mean a united effort to support Ukraine across all sectors. Most notably at this time, Warner Brothers, the Walt Disney Company and Sony Pictures are leading Hollywood efforts to support Ukraine, while bands have also begun to cancel tour plans and theaters have canceled Russian performances. .
This means major and highly anticipated releases like The Batman won’t be premiering in Russia anytime soon. The decision comes just days before the new take on Caped Crusader is slated for release in North America and overseas. “Given the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, WarnerMedia suspends the release of its feature film The Batman in Russia. We will continue to monitor developments. We hope for a quick and peaceful resolution to this tragedy,” said a spokesperson.
Disney, the first to make the move, made a similar statement: turn red from Pixar. … We will make future business decisions based on how the situation develops. In the meantime, given the scale of the emerging refugee crisis, we are working with our NGO partners to provide emergency relief and other forms of humanitarian assistance to refugees. The studios’ decisions announced on Monday come after the Ukrainian Film Academy called for a boycott last weekend.
The entertainment industry’s protest goes hand in hand with the economic sanctions that sent Russia’s currency plummeting last week. The music industry is also following suit in terms of canceling future engagements in the region. Louis Tomlinson, Iggy Pop, Franz Ferdinand, Nick Cave and Green Day have all canceled looming Russia and Ukraine tour dates. Tomlinson posted, “The safety of my fans is my priority and my thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and all those who are suffering from this unnecessary war.” Nick Cave extinct a similar statement, “Ukraine, we stand with you, and with all those in Russia who oppose this brutal act, and we pray that this madness ends soon.” Franz Ferdinand also pointed out to recognise“We love Russia. This great country has inspired our band through its art and literature since we first performed there seventeen years ago,” while emphasizing their solidarity with Ukraine.
Conversely, venues around the world are canceling dates with Russian artists. In particular, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia has canceled their remaining UK tour dates after several theaters canceled their performances. UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries backed the move, indicating, “Representatives of the Russian state cannot continue to perform in the UK and I fully support venues that support the Ukrainian people.” It is clear from the scale of the growing boycotts that various forms of protest against the invasion of Ukraine will continue. People support Ukraine and Russia will continue to feel these ramifications, whether artistically or economically.