Robbie Williams accused of 'borderline racism' for acting as an outlandish oligarch in new video for flop single Party Like A Russian
- Russian media outlets have blasted Robbie Williams' music video
- He dresses up as an oligarch in promo for new single 'Party Like A Russian'
- State TV channel said that Williams' popularity is waning
- The song samples Sergei Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights
- Lyrics say 'Ain't no refutin' or disputin' - I'm a modern Rasputin'
- Williams said: 'It's about the spirit of partying. It's not about being Russian'
- Criticism comes as new release looks set to be his biggest chart flop ever
Robbie Williams' latest music video has sparked outrage in Russia after he appears to mock the country's elite.
Russian media outlets have blasted the video for the singer's new single 'Party Like A Russian' as 'racist' and even threatened he will 'never' be able to perform in the country again.
Russian state TV channel Vesti interviewed one of the country's most renowned music critics, Artur Gasparyan, who said Williams' idea of Russia seems to have been formed by 'large corporate parties'.
An article on Vesti's website goes on to say: 'It is no secret that the popularity of Robbie Williams turned more into a memory in recent years, rather than in reality.'
Robbie Williams' music video for his new tongue-in-cheek song Party Like A Russian has caused a stir in Russia
The Russian press are outraged at what they say is 'crude stereotyping' of their country in the promo. The clips shows a group of ballerinas waiting on Williams
They said 'the British press willingly swallowed the bait' and publicised Williams' single, which they perceive as making fun of Russia.
Party Like A Russian samples Sergei Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights, which is more commonly known as the theme tune to The Apprentice.
The video shows Williams adopting the role of a larger than life Russian oligarch, surrounded by ballerinas.
The beautiful dancers act as maids for the wealthy man, dusting his bookshelves, bringing his food to his banquet table and even wiping his mouth.
The song opens with the lyrics: 'It takes a certain kind of man with a certain reputation, to alleviate the cash from a whole entire nation.
Williams dresses up in outlandish attire as he 'parties like a Russian' in his huge mansion
Williams has denied the song is about Russian President Vladimir Putin
At one point the maids/ballerinas run through a garden maze with flares in their tutus
'Take my loose change and build my own space station'
'Ain't no refutin' or disputin' - I'm a modern Rasputin.'
However, Williams has denied the song is about the current Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
Writing on his website, the star said: 'It's about hedonism and the spirit of partying. It's not about being Russian, but it's about partying like a Russian. The person singing is a bit me, and a bit a character. But all of my songs are…
'Part of the British identity is that we all believe we're the best at partying, most nations think that of themselves … but there ain't no party like a Russian Party (sorry S Club 7)'
Party Like A Russian comes from Williams' new album Heavy Entertainment Show
The outlandish lyrics may have been blasted as 'crude stereotyping' by some - but Russian pop star, Yuri Loza, praised the song.
'He did everything very delicately. Well, ballet, well, so rich, well throw cakes. This is an average party not for an oligarch but a mid-level official,' he told the website KP.
Williams has topped the charts throughout his career but his latest release looks set to be his biggest flop ever. Party Like a Russian has entered the mid-week charts at number 53.
For a performer who is used to scoring top ten hits and number one singles, his latest chart entry will be a huge disappointment.
Robbie has been out of the limelight since 2013, choosing instead to focus on being a doting father to his young children Theodora and Charlton and his marriage to Turkish-American actress Ayda Field.
In typical Williams style, his cheeky portrayal of a Russian party has sparked controversy
Williams said: 'It's about hedonism and the spirit of partying. It's not about being Russian'
Williams, 42, will have to wait until Sunday to discover the official weekly ranking for Party Like a Russian.
The song comes from his new album Heavy Entertainment Show, to be released next month, which sees the singer reunited with Guy Chambers, who co-wrote and produced the star's biggest hits, including Angels and Feel.
His worst-performing debut single from an album to date previously was Go Gentle from 2013's Swings Both Ways, which peaked at number 10.
Williams' new album will be his eleventh as a solo artist since leaving boyband Take That in 1995.
He has sold more than 75 million records worldwide and scored seven number one singles in the UK.
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