Former California governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been targeted by Kremlin propagandists after he urged Russian citizens to oppose the invasion of Ukraine.
“That face is the cover page of American imperialism and colonialism,” talking head Vadim Gigin said during Russian state TV show Sunday Evening With Vladimir Solovievon. “Not the caricature image of Uncle Sam, but this Schwarz, in a Hollywood production.”
Gigin, “one of the most vocal and influential members of the state propaganda machine,” according to the European Union Council, called Schwarzenegger “Russiaphobic.”
“I urge the Russian people and Russian soldiers in Ukraine to understand the propaganda and the disinformation that you are being told. I ask you to help me spread the truth,” the “Terminator” star said in the nine minute video.
“He, in California, will tell us, who live here… the truth? That is their approach towards us,” Gigin remarked.
“Schwarzenegger twice traveled to Iraq to support the American troops and never tried to tell the Iraqi people why they’re being destroyed,” the show’s host spat.
That wasn’t the only criticism the “Expendables” actor received from state propagandists. Famed Russian writer, Zakhar Prilepin, called Arnold “a predator and an enemy” of Russia.
“In his video message, Schwarzenegger, who killed three million Russians in his films, told the Russian people how much he loves us and how wrong we are about Ukraine,” he wrote on Monday. “This Austrian, the son of his father, who served in the SS and was wounded near Leningrad, is trying to act as the good cop.”
Russian powerlifter Maryana Naumova claimed that the “Predator” star was “living in an alternative, imaginary reality,” over his remarks and referenced his 1992 hit “Terminator 2” to drive the point.
“Do you remember how in the second part of the Terminator your hero goes back in time to prevent the creation of Skynet, which would bring the death of all mankind?” She questioned.
“Russia’s special military operation does not aim to destroy the Ukrainian people.”
“It is aimed at the neo-Nazi Skynet, which over the years has completely subjugated Ukraine and was about to turn into an uncontrollable monster, dangerous for all of its neighbors, not only for us,” she asserted. “Don’t side with Skynet, Terminator.”