Ugh. It looks like we're going to have to press the famously press-able reset button all over again in our diplomatic relationship with Russia. But this time it has nothing to do with Putin pulling his sneaky Putin tricks or anything. It's because this news anchor appears to have to flipped off President Obama during a broadcast. What's the deal, mean old cyborg-Tilda Swinton lady?

The Telegraph explains:

In the footage, Tatyana Limanova, an award-winning senior newsreader at the channel, can be seen briskly reading out an item about how Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has just assumed the rotating chairmanship of the Asia Pacific Cooperation organisation.

She is then heard to say that the post "has (previously) been held by Barack Obama" before mechanically and unambiguously raising her left arm and showing the camera her raised middle finger in an offensive gesture that is sometimes known as "flipping the bird."

Wow, The Telegraph really does keep up with the latest street slang! PSST: We've heard that raising the middle finger can also be called "Maui Wowie."


Perhaps there is a more logical explanation — she was motioning for something with a poorly chosen finger, she was flipping off someone on set, she was giving props to the big man in the sky with her own twist on Tebowing, or something else. But I just hope she knows that whatever the excuse, Barack Obama's feelings are really, really hurt now, and he won't leave his bedroom, and it's her fault.

[via The Atlantic Wire]