3. The “Russian Kiss” video, produced by Richard X, was released to coincide with the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
4. In the video, same-sex couples kiss while Annie sings: “Show your love for the lovers / the others, the fighters, outsiders / people like you.”
14. Annie says of the video, which was directed by Vice photographer Richard Kern:
The Winter Olympics are also deep emotions: interpersonal, national, and global. Millions of TV-viewers are witness to these emotions. Usually, they find their expression in embraces and kisses. You can observe this at the finishing area and during the medal ceremony — teammates embracing each other, winners kissing their partners.
16. Watch the full video here:
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