UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on Wednesday took to Instagram to criticize a play called ‘Hunting for men’ for being too erotic and asked why was this kind of ‘Dirt’ being staged in his home town of Dagestan.
He also called for authorities to take action against the producer of the play. In the play, a woman in lingerie was seen seducing a man on the stage. The play was billed as ‘action-packed comedy’. The Russian Mixed Martial Arts star was quick to criticize it and as a result, the Play producer Ivan Zhidko was threatened on Social Media.
“Why is the leadership in Dagestan keeping quiet, where are the deputies of the people’s assembly, where are the heads of the regions, where are the deputy minister and ministers themselves?” Nurmagomedov stated. “What, you are all keeping quiet, they called this performance ‘Hunting for Men’. It’s a direct insult to us… Be men, at least someone speak out.”
“My advice to the leadership of Dagestan, organize an investigation, and the organizers receive punishment according to the law and apologize to the people, and in future for this never to be repeated, that events of this type are controlled at the level of the ministers and leaders of the Republic,” Nurmagomedov said.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has a following of over 13 Million on his Instagram account and he gained many followers after his dominant performance against Conor McGregor in October last year.
As a result of Khabib’s post, the producer Ivan Zhidko was forced to apologise on Social media.
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Я Иван Жидков, Актер и продюсер спектакля, кадр из которого опубликовал у себя в посте @khabib_nurmagomedov .От лица творческой группы проекта ,приношу извинения за то,что неумышленно нанесли оскорбление дагестанскому зрителю. Спектакль ни в коем случае не призван показать «чернуху». Эта классическая итальянская пьеса,которая играется по всему миру уже много лет. Наша главная цель – делать хорошие спектакли , которые дарят радость зрителю. Постельная сцена является частью произведения. Мы не подозревали ,что она может вызвать такой резонанс. Директ завален угрозами . Я понимаю,это ответ на наше непредумышленное оскорбление , но всё же.. У каждого народа есть свои традиции и устои и мы их уважаем , но мы не учли ,что все так строго.Нас пригласили , мы с радостью приехали.То что произошло , думаю заставит задуматься о цензуре , многих , кто захочет организовать концерт или Спектакль в Дагестане. Ещё раз приносим свои извинения! P.s Всем мир🙏
“On behalf of the creative group of the project, I apologize for any unintended offence to people in Dagestan,” Zhidkov wrote in social media post (h/t RT). “The performance was in no way intended to show ‘indecency.’ It’s a classic Italian play, which has been performed around the world for many years. The bed scene [referred to by Khabib] is part of the performance. We did not suspect that it could cause such resonance. [My direct messages] are littered with threats. I understand that this is the answer to our intended offence, but still…,”
“Different people have their traditions and foundations, and we respect that, but we did not take into account that everything was so strict. They invited us, and we came with pleasure. What happened, I think, makes one think about the censorship of many who want to organize a concert or performance in Dagestan.”
Even though the play producer has issued an apology on Social Media, the UFC star has still continued for someone to be held responsible and be punished for the play. He even warned the Dagastani government about it.
“I want to address the government of Dagestan, if you think that everything will end in posts on social media, you are wrong. Take action in time,” he wrote, adding a hashtag that translated to “Dagestan wake up.”