Ukraine’s blue and yellow ‘everywhere’ as world shows unity￼
Artists and others around the world are finding ways to show their solidarity with
Ukrainians during this time of crisis. The efforts range from singing to light displays to prayers.
Jeffrey Brown has a look for our arts and culture series, Canvas.
KATE MCKINNON, Actress: Ladies and gentlemen, the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York.
JEFFREY BROWN: Instead of laughter as “Saturday Night Live” opened, a prayer for Ukraine
sung by the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York,
whose members stood in front of candles and sunflowers, the Ukrainian national flower.
Around the world, the response to the Russian invasion has taken many forms,
some of it honoring Ukraine and its struggle,
in this London street performance of the national anthem by Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk.
Ukraine’s blue and yellow colors were everywhere, New York and Dallas, Paris and Rome,
even the crashing waters of Niagara Falls. There were also punishments against Russia and Russians.
In New York, Carnegie Hall Canceled an appearance by renowned Russian conductor
Valery Gergiev, a supporter of President Putin.
And the Metropolitan Opera Took a step to — quote — “ring the alarm.”
General manager Peter Gelb:
PETER GELB, General Manager, Metropolitan Opera: We can no longer engage with artists
or institutions that support Putin or are supported by him, not until the invasion
and killing has been stopped, order has been restored, and restitutions have made.
JEFFREY BROWN: In the pop culture space, the European Broadcasting Union announced Russia
will not be allowed an entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, saying the inclusion
of a Russian competitor would — quote — “bring the competition into disrepute.”
Other such moves came fast and furious in the world of sports.
British soccer fans from Liverpool and Chelsea came together to sing
“You’ll Never Walk Alone” in support of Ukraine. And European soccer’s
governing body announced it would move its championship match from St. Petersburg to Paris.
Authorities in tennis, gymnastics, diving, skiing, auto racing, and
other sports have taken their own actions. The International Judo Federation suspended Putin,
a black belt in the martial art, as its honorary chairman.