“War. What is the opposite of music?” Asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky when he appeared on a Grameen telecast via video.
“Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos. They sing for the injured. In hospitals. Even to those who do not hear. But the music will break anyway, ”he said.
“In any case, we are defending freedom. To live. To love. To sound. “
“On our soil, we are at war with Russia, which has brought a terrible silence with its bombs. Dead silence, “he said before requesting,” Fill the silence with your music. Fill it out today, tell us stories. Please support us in any way you can. No, but not silence. And then peace will come. “
Zelensky concludes by mentioning several Ukrainian cities: “I dreamed of their survival and independence. Free like you on the Grammy stage. “
On March 25, The New York Post claimed that President Zelensky was in talks to attend the Oscars, but nothing came of it. Celebrities gathered for her appearance on the show, including Oscar co-host Amy Schumer, who mentioned the idea on The Drew Barrymore show.
“I wanted to find a way to keep the Zelensky satellite or make a tape or something, because Oscar has a lot of eyes,” Schumer said. “I think this is a great opportunity to comment on at least a few things. I have some jokes that highlight the type of current situation.
Sean Penn went so far as to say that the Oscar program should have Jelensky – otherwise, the audience and guests should boycott the event. He threatened to burn two of his statues in public if the Ukrainian president was not given time to broadcast.