Friday’s ….meh…. opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, was capped by the ceremonial lighting of the Cauldron. This is a huge honor, one that Russia bestowed upon acclaimed figure skater Irina Rodnina and hockey legend Vladislav Tretyak. Rodnina is also a member of parliament of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia political party.
The lighting itself went smoothly, but another problem soon arose: In a matter of minutes, people began realizing that Rodnina posted a racist, doctored photo of Barack and Michelle Obama on Twitter just five months ago.
The tweet, which has since been deleted