John Oliver & Chechnya Leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, Spark Internet Feud Over Missing Cat
Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov‘s cat went missing, leaving him to ask his Instagram followers to help him find his cat, which inspired many jokes – including HBO’s Last Week Tonight‘s John Oliver.
Kadyrov posted a photo of him hold his cat on May 16 asking his 1.8 million Instagram followers to help him find his cat, who disappeared on May 6. The Chechnya leader wrote to his followers in Russian. He explains how he thought the cat would come back in a little while but has now begun to “seriously worry.”
У нас бесследно пропала кошка. Очень похожа на маленького тигрёнка. Гости всегда говорили, что очень и очень напоминает тигрёнка. Дней десять назад он куда-то исчез. Мы все думали, что вот-вот появится, так как очень сильно привязан к детям, любит с ними играться, сопровождать их по двору. Но теперь стали серьёзно беспокоиться. Возможно, он у кого-то совсем недалеко находится. Человек может не знать, как найти хозяев. Уверен, что и ему не нужна чужая кошка. Поэтому были бы признательны за информацию, если что-то известно. Заранее всем благодарен???????? #Кадыров #Россия #Чечня #Кошка #Кот
Oliver caught wind of the autocratic leader’s plea and took a jab at Kadyrov during one of his segments Sunday on his hit show, Last Week Tonight. In the segment, Oliver makes fun of Kadyrov’s love for Russian President Vladimir Putin, t-shirts with Putin’s face on them, and animals. He then goes on to name some of the brutal accusations against the Chechnya leader, including kidnappings, torture and human rights abuses.
“Just imagine what he’s willing to put the Chechnya through for a cat. So my point is this: we need to find this man’s f—ing cat. We need to do it yesterday,” Oliver adamantly exclaims.
Then, Oliver launched a faux campaign called #FindKadyrovsCat, asking people to contact Kadyrov on Twitter or Instagram by writing, if people have seen Kadyrov’s cat, “I have seen your cat.” If people have not seen his cat, then write, “I have not seen your cat.” Oliver also asked if people see a cat that could be the Chechnya leader’s cat, to contact Kadyrov with a picture of the cat and the question, “Is this your cat?”
Oliver took his spoof campaign to his Twitter account and tweeted the Chechnya leader.
— John Oliver (@iamjohnoliver) May 23, 2016
Many Last Week Tonight fans began to contact Kadyrov leaving multiple humorous comments and tweets. Kadyrov replied on Instagram with a Photoshopped picture of Oliver wearing a Putin t-shirt. The picture had a long caption attached to it, in English. In the caption, Kadyrov talks about his cat and how people have been saying they have seen his cat in different places all over the world, but none of them are his cat.
“Thanks to Putin, we have crushed terrorists among whom there were also citizens of the USA, and European citizens. The country directed by Obama under the guise of peacekeeping operations spark new wars and bloody internal conflicts, in which die millions of people. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria… That’s why there is nothing surprising that Oliver also got a wish to appear publicly in a T-shirt with an image of Putin, but not Obama,” said Kadyrov in his caption.
Recently my “tiger cat” has left the house. It happens in spring from time to time. He also needs to meet with friends, mingle and share news. By cat rumors he has in our district a familiar she-cat with which he’s going to start a family. I’m sure that after spring affairs, the cat will return to native walls. Perhaps, he'll bring his sweet love with him. I got used to share with my friends in Instagram with all news, including cat issues. And this time I didn't want to leave as a secret the cat's adventures. I receive lots of photos. Some people say that they saw the cat in Vladivostok, Japan, Iceland, New Zealand, and even in the Oval Office of the White House! I am grateful to all, but this is NOT my cat. It became known that even the American TV channel “HBO” joined to search. The anchorman comedian – John Oliver asks millions of viewers to look for a cat. I knew long ago that in the USA unevenly breathe to my younger friends. One day horses aren't allowed to jump, the other – a cat is a real star of a show. Oliver laments a fact that we put on t-shirts with a photo of the President of Russia – Vladimir Putin. Yes, millions of people rejoice t-shirts with the image of the national leader. For this purpose, there is a good motivation. Vladimir Vladimirovich is a wise, courageous, resolute Head, who managed to withstand unfriendly campaign, which is conducted by the USA and its assistants. Thanks to Putin, we have crushed terrorists among whom there were also citizens of the USA, and European citizens. The country directed by Obama under the guise of peacekeeping operations spark new wars and bloody internal conflicts, in which die millions of people. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria… That's why there is nothing surprising that Oliver also got a wish to appear publicly in a T-shirt with an image of Putin, but not Obama. #Kadyrov #Russia #Chechnya #USA #HBO #Oliver #findkadyrovscat #Ihavenotseenyourcat #IHAVESEENYOURCAT
The Chechnya leader’s post only sparked more people to continue to comment whether they have or haven’t seen his cat.
Oliver has yet to respond to Kadyrov’s Instagram post.