While every outlet under the sun is more than happy to call a woman who’s even slightly larger than a runway model “plus-size,” “full-figured,” or “curvy” right there in the headline, they aren’t offering the same courtesy to this man, who allegedly looks like Leonardo DiCaprio.
My apologies in advance, Roman Burtsev, for using your voluptuous figure to prove a point, but I’m sure you can comfort yourself with the big pile of money you just received for being in this Pyat Ozer Vodka commercial.
A quick Google reveals a number of headlines that point out their “uncanny” resemblance (it really isn’t that remarkable. That Swedish bartender who looked like 90s Leo was way more click bait worthy), using phrases like “Russian Doppelganger” and “Russian Look-Alike.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the only folks that were willing to tell it like it is, back when Burtsev started capitalizing on his appearance by posting Instagram snaps referencing Leo’s films, was the Daily Mail. Their headline read, quite accurately, “Fat Russian DiCaprio look-a-like is taking advantage of doppelganger status with the Revenant-style Instagram posts.”
Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter delicately describes him as “portly.”
The first time I laid eyes on Burtsev, I wondered if these other Internet writing folk were looking at the same fellow as I. Doppelganger?! If I were Leo I’d be downright outraged.
This is only bothersome because you know if it were a woman who bore some resemblance to a female celeb, albeit a larger version, the headlines would read much, much differently. Come on, folks. Let’s call a spade a spade here. This man is a fat version of Leo and as far as I can tell he’s loving it.