"30 years ago, when I myself studied in the States, it seemed we are so similar," Simonyan, 42, said. "It was just beginning then- the very first gurgles of now already boiling ultra-liberal borscht- they were so small then it was hard to notice them."
She went on to explain she first noticed it in Friends.
"You had to had to have very good eyesight to notice it in the 1994 TV series Friends, for example. Which is still probably the most popular American TV series of all time, such as the personification of American culture."
\u201cState Russian TV blames Friends TV series for the start of, as they put it "boiling ultra-liberal borshcht".\u201d
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Anton Gerashchenko)
Using the pilot episode as an example of Western "propaganda", Simonyan says the show makes viewers "sympathize" with Ross Gellar's ex-wife Carol after she leaves Ross for her lesbian lover.
"It was impossible to notice frenzied propaganda in this, because it was so rare, so fresh, so interesting," Simonyan said. "And now we have what we have and we will not jump over this [gulf]."