This is what Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman’s ‘salute’ to Putin looks like

A man and a woman speak onstage at an awards show.
Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally host the 37th Film Independent Spirit Awards on Sunday.
(Jordan Strauss / Invision / Associated Press)

Actors Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a “Spirit Awards salute” on Sunday, but it’s not what you think.

The husband-and-wife duo, who hosted the 37th Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, flipped off the Russian autocrat for his ongoing attack of Ukraine and irreverently told him to “f— off.”

Also sending “best wishes” to the Ukrainian people, the hosts brought attention to the fatal conflict, which has displaced more than 1.3 million Ukrainians since Putin launched the invasion on Feb. 24.


“The Lost Daughter,” from writer/director Maggie Gyllenhaal, was the big winner at the 37th Film Independent Spirit Awards.

“I think we speak for everyone here when we say that we are hoping for a quick, peaceful resolution,” Mullally said when the televised show returned from a commercial break. “Specifically, f— off and go home, Putin!”

Echoing his wife, “Pam & Tommy” actor Offerman added: “Yes. That is the ‘quick and peaceful resolution’ we’re talking about — that Putin f— off and goes home. And to that end, let’s all join together and send him off with a Spirit Award salute.”

That salute, of course, involved sticking their middle fingers up at the camera — a moment already immortalized in a gif.

Celebrity couple Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher launched a GoFundMe fundraiser to help Ukrainians aiming to raise $30 million and match it up to $3 million.

“Will & Grace” veteran Mullally also asked attendees and TV viewers to donate to “great organizations” that are raising money for the besieged nation.

“Please give what you can to give to the victims of this senseless act of aggression,” she said.

On Monday, Russia and Ukraine attempted another limited cease-fire to allow civilians to escape four of Ukraine’s beleaguered cities amid deep distrust that Russian forces would honor the pledge as they hammered strategic centers across the country.