Why is Vladimir Putin recruiting U.S. action stars?

Buzzfeed News reporter Max Seddon on the Russian President's interest in action stars and the role of celebrity in distracting from real geopolitics.
Action star Steven Seagal, left, walks through a sea of excited children alongside Vladimir Putin. The Russian President's politically-motivated interest in American celebrities is raising eyebrows. (Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Reuters)

Easing the tense relationship between the U.S. and Russia — this sounds like a job for ... Steven Seagal? 

Strange as it seems, Buzzfeed News reporter Max Seddon says it was a real idea, and one that came straight from the mouth of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He joins Shad to discuss his article about the Kremlin's interest in action stars and the role of celebrity in distracting from real geopolitics. 


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