Viral Twitter account @SochiProblems takes funny digs at ongoing Winter Olympics

Sunday, 9 February 2014 - 2:11pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Webdesk
The master-mind behind the account is 20-year-old journalism student from Canada. It has 3,24,000 followers.

Let's face it, with all the ongoing hoopla around the Sochi Winter Olympics, being hosted in Russia, it was destined to have a rocky start. 

Be it the criticism for their lack of tolerance towards homosexuality, or the glitch in the Olympic rings display during the opening ceremony, or the time the US athlete who had to break out of a washroom, humorous jibes and memes have flooded the internet.

Twitter, has been abuzz with amusing and cynical posts, bringing a whole new perspective to the ongoing games. One such Twitter user, Sochi Problems, has been providing 'live' tweets of everything that can and has gone wrong at Sochi. The account that started on Feburary 4, went viral in no time, garnered popularity with nearly 3,24,000 followers and how. Despite having tweeted a mere 200 tweets, Sochi Problems' savvy humour and cynical take of events at Sochi are making the internet laugh.

Who needs walls. #SochiProblems pic.twitter.com/QUgMHqW4Zy

— Sochi Problems (@SochiProblems) February 4, 2014

No water for you! #SochiProblems #Sochi2014 pic.twitter.com/JHWyOU82bf

— Sochi Problems (@SochiProblems) February 4, 2014

Enjoy your peach juice, it comes directly from the tap! Oh wait, that's water.... #SochiProblems #Sochi2014 pic.twitter.com/N7yyzUAyCw

— Sochi Problems (@SochiProblems) February 4, 2014

In Russia, always absence of gun in tank. #SochiProblems #Sochi2014 pic.twitter.com/PA5BoiLB4h

— Sochi Problems (@SochiProblems) February 4, 2014

YOU HAD ONE JOB #SochiOpeningCeremony @sochiproblems #openingceremony pic.twitter.com/7MS5duuuHU

— °Meryl°Evens° (@merylevens) February 8, 2014

My teammate got stuck in the bathroom. Barefoot, naked and alone he called his inner strength. @JohnnyQuinnUSA pic.twitter.com/xvlKtYpaaT

— Dallas Robinson (@DRobUSA) February 8, 2014

Many of the tweets are also directed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been frequently criticised by the international media in relation to the Olympics. The trending hashtag #NotImpressedPutin – a take on #NotImpressedMcKayla a remnant on the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Putin looked unimpressed...therefore I give you #NotImpressedPutin. #SochiProblems #Sochi2014 pic.twitter.com/IB7YYixmgG

— Sochi Problems (@SochiProblems) February 8, 2014

The brain behind the account was later identified to be 20-year-old Canadian student of journalism, Alexander Broad.

“The whole thing of @SochiProblems came from my mind, where I thought ‘Oh look I spilled Timmies on my coat’. That’s a Canadian problem,” Broad explained to Toronto Observer “It was a joke, it’s funny; something that I didn’t think was going to take off,” he added.

Also read: Google comes out in support of the LGBT rights as Sochi Olympics kick start in Russia


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