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The only thing dumber than the #HandsOffAnastasia Twitter uproar is the truly dreadful movie that sparked it

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In case you haven’t heard, #HandsOffAnastasia is the outrage du jour on Twitter. If you were unaware of this controversy, I deeply envy you. Here is a quick breakdown of how #HandsOffAnastasia came to be.

In spring this year, a terrible movie titled Anastasia: Once Upon a Time came and went and no one cared because it was laughably low-budget and hysterically awful. The film is a live action kids’ movie that tells a fantastical tale of Anastasia Romanov time traveling, with the help of a wizardly Rasputin, from Russia in 1918 to Madison, Wisconsin in 1988 in order to evade Vladimir Lenin and Yara the Enchantress’s malevolent grip. To give you an indication of the caliber of movie that Anastasia: Once Upon a Time is, here are some highlights: Rasputin has a breakdance battle at a mall, plays video games and models in a fashion show, there are some absurdly random musical numbers, and a Filipino comedian plays Lenin.

I am no expert on Russian history, but I am pretty sure the film is not entirely historically accurate. And this is where the outrage comes in. Apparently, some Russians are up in arms that ‘Hollywood’ would denigrate Russian history and besmirch a Sainted Russian figure like Anastasia Romanov – who was brutally murdered by the Bolsheviks at age........

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