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Prank as a tool of truth: Vovan and Lexus spoke about their secrets at the RUSSIA EXPO

Prank as a tool of truth: Vovan and Lexus spoke about their secrets at the RUSSIA EXPO
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Photo: Evgeny Biyatov/Fotohost-RIA News agency
07.04.2024

Famous pranksters Vladimir (Vovan) Kuznetsov and Alexei (Lexus) Stolyarov talked to the guests of the Exposition about the secrets of prank journalism and how a joke becomes a tool of truth.

Let us remind you that Vovan and Lexus became famous for easily tearing off masks from the most famous and inaccessible people: actors, writers and even the first persons of states. The main goal pursued by the pranksters is to show the world the political and personal "underside" of the ruling elites, which will not be revealed on TV. 

"We are not trying to ridicule someone, the people themselves show their essence. Therefore, the prank is rather reminiscent of the work of our intelligence officers. If you remember, there was a radio broadcast, when our intelligence officer with the help of a radio game misled part of the German army, thus helping our troops. And we are trying to do such useful things, getting important valuable information and, first of all, a real picture of what is happening in the circle of our adversaries and opponents. Because it is very important to know what, for example, the head of a particular state really thinks, what forecasts he gives, while from the screen he can broadcast something completely different," emphasized Alexei (Lexus) Stolyarov.

Photo: Evgeny Biyatov/Fotohost-RIA News agency

Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov talked about how they started their activities and how the idea of their own show came about, how often vis-a-vis realize that they are talking to a prankster and how they react to deception, on what principle pranksters prepare a "list" of future "victims" and whether there are moral and ethical principles that will never be violated in conversations.

"Initially, we did not plan to become famous and create super complex content. For us, you could say, it was a game, fun, because the first prank was more of a hooligan flow, entertainment. But then we began to develop, and at some point, we realized that it was necessary to end it, to grow and do something new - and that's how we gradually came to pranks that have political significance", - said Vladimir (Vovan) Kuznetsov.

The heroes of the meeting shared their experience, explained how to resist fake information, what a modern journalist should be like and what to do to make a person fully "open up" in a conversation.

"The main thing is not to give in to emotions, because fakes just hit emotions, so that a person gets anxious, afraid and further spread false information without thinking," Vladimir Kuznetsov is convinced.

Photo: Evgeny Biyatov/Fotohost-RIA News agency

"What a journalist should be like is always dictated by society. If society is morally healthy, then the journalist will be at the same level. We try to live up to our moral principles. There are, of course, different publications, but we are more about serious topics and serious matters. And our task, like any journalist's, is to make people talk, so it is very important to ask the right questions, to guide them to what they really think. Many people were recognized as foreign agents after our conversations, because they made their position as clear as possible, without any ambiguities," added Alexei Stolyarov.

The lecture by the pranksters took place on the Day of Career and Education in Media in Pavilion No. 57 "Education / Decade of Science and Technology" in the Lecture Hall of the general partner of the Exposition's educational program - the Russian Society "Knowledge".

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