Former singer of t.A.T.u. Yulia Volkova talks about the banning of the film Anatomy of t.A.T.u. on channel Culture
The directors of channel Culture removed the documentary about t.A.T.u., who were popular in the early 2000’s, from being show. The director, Vitaliy Manskiy, announced that the banning of the film surprised him. The channel was the initiator of the demonstration and discussion of the film in the show called “Watch. Discuss”. In an announcement from the administration of the channel, the reason for this decision was due to the law about protecting children from harmful information. The singers exploited the lesbian image and in the film the producer of t.A.T.u., Ivan Shapovalov, smokes a cigarette, presumably containing marijuana.
The showing of the film was scheduled for September 4th (the law about protecting children from harmful information and pornography goes into effect September 1st).
Anatomy of t.A.T.u. was shot in 2003 and was repeatedly shown on Russian television in 2012, as Vitaliy Manskiy has said.
Yulia Volkova was asked to comment on the ban of the film as well as other prohibitions the band had to deal with.
How often did t.A.T.u. come in contact with prohibitions?
There are a bunch of stories about us not being able to hug, kiss, or even hold hands, as it was in Abu Dhabi. I don’t know, back then I thought that we could do everything that we wanted, that is why similar prohibitions irritated me. I was little. Now I understand that in every country there are laws which need to be complied with. But this story has nothing to do with that.
What is in the film that could have caused a blow against morality? What is your reaction to the ban?
I don’t think the film contains that many shocking things that aren’t in a regular program of Andrei Malahov. But I can say that this ban is worrying me deeply. Let’s be honest: everything is now online, television is losing its ground more and more.
Still, there is concern: will we turn into China in the sense that artists will have to perform in modest, covered up attire, without any sort of dancing and “ignition”? I do not think you can prohibit anything. People should have freedom of self-expression. When we were in t.A.T.u., we were so popular due to the fact that we gave people that freedom, we received hundreds of letters in which we were thanked particularly for that.
From your point of view (in your genre or in art in general), what do you think deserves to be banned and could be completely prohibited in the arts?
If they want to ban our film that’s set for 11PM due to kids who are not sleeping, then they should clean up everything on TV. They should not show, for example, Elton John’s concerts or Queen’s, because Freddie died from speed and Elton John married a man. Don’t ever mention Rudolph Nureyev. The channel Culture should refuse it. What can we even say about Tchaikovsky. And never show any films starting from Some Like It Hot to Last Tango in Paris. And since this spree is going around, other channels should be prohibited from showing all kinds of criminal news, and this, in my opinion, is much worse- when you are being shown every day who died where and why.
Sergei Kurehin said, “The main rule in art is absence of any rules”. Do you agree with this?
I think there should be all types of rules. Musicians should produce quality work, the same goes for actors. We should be responsible for our audience, avoiding hypocrisy in our work. But prohibiting people on the grounds of their sexual orientation, that is strange. Really, I think that the problem here is not in the film.
If you were to put kids in a glass bubble where they would sit in happy ignorance, then when they finally do find out about things like sex, same-sex love, then this could be a big shock for them. And if the government is afraid for our children then there should be a physchologist in every school who will work with children and parents, teaching one about interaction and communicate such things to them, and others about normally and adequately accepting any deviations from the traditional picture of the world.
Another attempt to build a relationship with a man has failed for the member of the most scandalous Russian lesbian duet.
In the winter Yulia planned to get married to her civil spouse Vadim, and a month ago everyone was actively discussing her candid kisses with Dima Bilan at the Muz-TV award ceremony. But today we can see Volkova at all the social events in the company of a beautiful blonde.
Volkova’s tender affection towards the same sex is no secret to anyone. Even from the time of t.A.T.u. it was clear that the relationship between the two singers was not just a creative one.
And so after the marriage to businessman Parviz Yasinov and a couple more relationships that did not work out, the 27 year old rebel returned to her roots. The girls had a real romantic vacation on the snow-white beach of Cuba.
“Yulia did not ask me to go to Cuba”, says Dima Bilan. “To tell you the truth, I did not even know she flew there. Yulia is a free person and she can do anything. We really had a pleasant connection, she has great kids, but I want to say once again that now she is free…”
Disregarding Bilan’s assurance, Volkova can hardly be called free. Yulia spent the whole time in Cuba with her new lover.
During the day they preferred to bask on the beach, at night they were content with each other’s company in a luxurious bungalow. If Russia allowed same-sex marriage, Yulia’s and Sasha’s vacation would have looked like a honeymoon.
Volkova’s passion is named Sasha and she is building a career for herself in Hollywood. The girls met in L.A. where Alexandra had lived the last few years. And after a few days, the attachment of the beauties became so strong that not only did Volkova buy a ticket to Moscow, but so did her new mistress.
“I never hid that I like boys as well as girls”, says scandalous Yulia. “Sasha inspires me. She is a good girl and it’s awesome being with her. Life will show where the road will lead.”
It will soon be known whether this close friendship will grow into a serious relationship or if Yulia will return to the stage with a new, this time blonde, member of t.A.T.u..After all, you do not want to make important decisions on snow-white beaches and terraces of elite cafes.