This parody song perfectly captures what’s hilarious about Sochi problems


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Not content with the text and photo evidence of Russia's Olympic woes, Chicago-based rapper and producer Jesús Sandoval Jr. has come up with what he calls "the official frustration anthem for my komrades in Sochi." It's called, appropriately, "Sochi Sucks."

The song, posted to YouTube yesterday, is a hilarious '80s-tuned roundup of Sochi's most-reported ailments: polluted water, stray dogs, human rights abuses. "Stray dogs roamin' everywhere, a sense of danger in the air," Sandoval rhymes at one point, over pictures of Putin and unfinished construction sites. (Some of the pictures, notably, are not actually from Sochi — more on that here.) It's a parody of the 1985 Phil Collins hit "Sussudio."

Russia's apparent unpreparedness has attracted lots of critical coverage in Western media. But while Russia does appear to be badly unprepared, and this video is a fun way of capturing some of that, there's an important distinction between laughing at the mishaps vs. taking joy in Russia's problems — a point Julia Ioffe made convincingly yesterday.

Sandoval, for his part, says that's not what he's doing. He's been writing parody songs for six years; this one just came to him after watching the news.

"I was listening to the news the other day about all the Sochi problems, and thought, 'Hmm, Sochi sucks,' " he wrote in a Twitter direct-message. "Then I just started singing the song."

Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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