Vladimir Putin & Problematic T-shirts

Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of the word ‘problematic’ it’s been hijacked by ideologs hell bent on nerfing the world around whenever someone says something they don’t agree with. I wouldn’t say i’m the most politically aware person out there either, but I do make effort to educate myself on the current temperature of the political climate and familiarise myself with the key figures. I also have a lot of time for Heron Preston, he’s a cool guy, he’s out here living his dreams and trying to make the world a better place but this t-shirt is a misstep. Vladimir Putin is a bad guy and putting him on a t-shirt as a form a of irony feels incredibly out of touch. He’s known to have murdered his enemies, most recently on foreign soil, he has journalist who criticise him killed or imprisoned, it’s alleged the Russian government played a part in getting Donald Trump elected and he’s ruled Russia since 2000 with little to no opposition due changes in law he personally passed. I get it though, from the outside he does come across as a comic book villain of sorts, but a short Google search will dispel those thoughts, Vladimir Putin is no hero let alone an athlete.