Cuddling the Opposition: A Campaign for Free Speech in Belarus Relies on Teddy Bears and Parachutes Cuddling the Opposition: A Campaign for Free Speech in Belarus Relies on Teddy Bears and Parachutes
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Cuddling the Opposition: A Campaign for Free Speech in Belarus Relies on Teddy Bears and Parachutes

by Zak Stone

July 11, 2012

 

While the Belarusian government writes off the stunt a hoax—as dictatorships are want to do—accomplished with video editing and Photoshop, eyewitnesses on the ground vouch for the authenticity of the event, and the Lithuanian government confirms the presence of an unidentified aircraft in its neighbors airspace.

According to Studio Total's website, the idea came about over drinks, when happy hour chatter turned to the lack of discussion about or public support for Belarus's opposition. The creatives at Studio Total felt compelled to make a statement. As they wrote on their website: "We prosper in [...] a world that, last month only, wrote 109,000 articles about Kim Kardashian and 79 on the [B]elarusian opposition."

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Cuddling the Opposition: A Campaign for Free Speech in Belarus Relies on Teddy Bears and Parachutes