First of all, there’s a Miss Earth contest, second of all, Russian contestant Natalia Pereverzeva got really real when talking about her country during it.
When asked why she was proud of Russia she replied:
‘My Russia, it is bright, warm, patched, but it is so pleasant to slumber under it on a winter evening when the storm rages outside. My Russia, it is a kind cow with very big eyes, funny horns and always chewing its mouth oh, what sweet milk she gives! Oh, how it smells — meadow herbs and the sun.’
So she is proud of Russia because it has greenery and is cow-like. The correct answer is always “freedom,” so she got that question wrong, but no matter. This is where the matter part comes in:
‘But my Russia — it is also my poor, long-suffering country, mercilessly torn to pieces by greedy, dishonest, unbelieving people. My Russia, it is a great artery, from which the ‘chosen’ few people draining away its wealth. My Russia is a beggar. My Russia cannot help her elderly and orphans. From it, bleeding, like from a sinking ship, engineers, doctors, teachers are fleeing, because they have nothing to live on. My Russia — it is a winner which has overthrown fascism but bought the victory at the expense of lives of millions of people. How, tell me, how and why does nationalism prosper in this country? My dear, poor Russia.’
Lady. The correct answer is “freedom.”