An outrageous Moscow nightclub party featuring skimpily dressed celebrity guests has sparked an intense public backlash throughout the nation. The event, held last week at the city’s famous Krysha Mira nightclub, saw a host of celebrities including Russian TV personalities, Instagram influencers, and even minor politicians donning skimpy outfits that left little to the imagination.
The event quickly drew condemnation from different sectors of society, including the Church and the parents of those who attended the lavish event. Political figures within Russia’s hodgepodge of conservative organizations were seen speaking out against the debauchery of the night, viewing it as a sore character of the supposed classlessness of the nation’s youth.
Critics took to social media immediately followed the party to spread their fury, with one Twitter user attacking the organizers for a “show of depravity” and “not respecting the social norms of our society”. The general sentiment with the public seemed to be that the event was an act of deliberate provocation against traditional Russia.
However, some have defended the event as a method of expressing oneself freely, remarking that it is no one’s place to judge people for simply having a good time. One celebrity guest took to Instagram following the party to emphasize the importance of not taking oneself too seriously, saying: “It’s ok to let loose every now and then and have some fun.”
Regardless of one’s thoughts on the event and the uproar it has caused, it is clear that it signals a change in the way people view and express themselves in public settings. Where prior generations may have labeled such behavior as unseemly, a new generation is emerging that is comfortable with giving themselves permission to be free and unrepentant in their social interactions.