— John Oliver (@iamjohnoliver) May 23, 2016
The host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver, sparked an international feud with Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov over a lost cat. Kadyrov posted an image to Instagram asking his 1.8 million followers to help find the wayward feline. The media picked up the story, asking citizens to contact their local leaders if they found the cat. Oliver saw the Instagram post and decided to have a little fun while exposing Kadyrov as a brutal dictator obsessed with Vladimir Putin, who happened to appoint Kadyrov to power.
Oliver called out Kadyrov for his habit of wearing shirts featuring images of Putin, as well as mentioning accusations against Kadryov’s security forces for kidnapping and torture in addition to allegations against Kadryov himself of human rights abuses. Not to mention his Instagram posts of his own workout routines set to rave music.
With all of that in mind, Oliver felt it was of the utmost importance to find Kadryov’s cat before he does something terrible. So he called on his viewers to use the hashtag #FindKadryovsCat on social media and contact Kadryov with the message, “I have seen your cat,” or “I have not seen your cat,” or, “Is this your cat?” with a photo of the cat in question. Kadryov isn’t taking Oliver’s “help” lying down, firing back on Instagram with an image of Oliver and a strange, hard-to-decipher caption praising Putin.
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
Will this feud continue to escalate to an all-out international social media war over a lost cat? Have you seen Kadryov’s cat? Let us know in the comments below!