Mustard Museum issues demands to Russia — Analysis

The museum was accused of removing Russian mustards from its shelves, shocking commentators

Midwestern mustard enthusiasts who want to find rare Russian condiments will be disappointed. The National Mustard Museum, Middleton, Wisconsin, apparently does not have any Russian mustards. The museum is only going to return spicy dressings after Russia, according to an online photo. “recognizes and respects the sovereign nation of Ukraine.”

“The Russian mustards have been temporarily removed. They will return once the invasion of Ukraine is over and Russia recognizes and respects the sovereign nation of Ukraine,”Read a sign posted online that had been seen at the museum.

Behind the sign is an empty area, which was where Russian mustards were presumably once stood. The museum did not comment publicly on the matter or confirm it via social media.

Russian troops entered Ukraine late February in large-scale military operations that Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed was aimed at neutralizing the country “denazifying”This country. The Russian military has steadily seized large areas of Ukrainian territory. There have been several rounds of peace negotiations that were meant to resolve the conflict, but they have failed.

The museum’s move was roundly mocked online. An internet commentator joked that the sanctions that ultimately overthrew Vladimir Putin’s presidency would not be banking bans or energy embargos.

Others were more surprised that the National Mustard Museum exists in the first place (It’s both a store and a museum, and was opened in 1992 by the assistant attorney general of Wisconsin, who quit his job as a prosecutor to amass a collection of more than 6,000 mustards from 70 countries around the world).

The removal of Russian mustards brings to mind the ‘Freedom Fries’ debacle of 2003, in which some American restaurants – and even three cafeterias at the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill – renamed ‘French Fries’ as ‘Freedom Fries’ to protest France’s unwillingness to participate in the invasion of Iraq.

“I’m old enough to remember ‘Freedom Fries’, and how there was a near-consensus among everyone of all political stripes except the dullest right-wing goons that it was f*****g silly,”One commenter wrote “Now everyone is like that.”

Yet Russian mustards aren’t the only victim of the current wave of anti-Russian sentiment sweeping the West. Concert halls have canceled performances of Tchaikovsky’s music and banned Russian performers, Restaurants in Europe have allegedly refusedRussian patrons. The International Cat Federation banned Russian-bred cats and Russian-owned cats.

The governments of the EU, US and Russia have also imposed severe economic sanctions on Moscow. Numerous private businesses have also voluntarily stopped doing business with Russia.

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