A pizza hut advertisement filmed almost six years after the fall of the Soviet Union is making rounds on the internet—only because of a special appearance.
The advertisement feature Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of USSR before its collapse in 1991 along with his granddaughter Anastasia enjoying a slice of Pizza.
In the advertisement, Gorbachev and his granddaughter are seen walking into a restaurant. When his fellow diners spot him, a debate sparks on whether Gorbachev should be praised or despised for his involvement in the collapse of the Soviet Union.
When an old diner says he brought economic confusion, a young man says he got freedom. The argument escalates until an elderly woman cuts them off and says: “Because of him, we have many things…like Pizza Hut”. Everybody agrees to the woman, ending the debate and cheer on Gorbachev shouting ““Hail to Gorbachev”.
Keeping in mind the collapse of the Soviet Union, many took to Twitter to react to the old advertisement. Here’s a look at the reactions:
— Yung Patriot (@Stalingrind) August 14, 2019
fall of Soviet Union was beginning of clown world
— Kris Kelvin (@thequeenizded) August 13, 2019
This is overwhelmingly humiliating on so many levels…
— Passchendaele (@zrakMalogMeseca) August 13, 2019
How far back does it all go? pic.twitter.com/vtAGFqSnJU
— Thanos: The Hand of Fate 🛡 (@YappaPodcast) August 14, 2019
I’m not a big fan of the concept of “selling out”. But to the extent that the concept exists, it’s definitely measured on a scale of 1 to Gorbachev…
— Bored Contemplation (@BoredContempt) August 14, 2019
A brief interlude of innocence before greed got in the way……
— jezza (@jezza59) August 15, 2019
“Because of Xi we have McD”. LOL
— Arleigh Frisco 青火 (@ArleighFrisco) August 14, 2019
I mean, on the one hand, he accidentally bought about Democracy, on the other hand he essentially gave us Putin
— Philip Wurzinger (@PhilipWurzinger) August 14, 2019
— Conor (@foolishothello) August 14, 2019
According to various reports, Gorbachev agreed to do the commercial in an attempt to fund a research institution that bears his name. Gorbachev was rumoured to have been paid $1 million for the commercial. Also, the advertisement did not air in Russia as Gorbachev was extremely unpopular in the country.