When Gerard Depardieu left France, on account of the tax rises, and gave up his French citizenship after being called pathetic and unpatriotic by the French prime minister, I believe many people were on his side. So was I. Especially when he said "I am leaving because you believe that success, creation, talent, anything different must be sanctioned". I, against Hollande right from the beginning, against socialism and high taxes, did think he, as a free man, as an individual, had the right to leave France when he wanted to. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/16/gerard-depardieu-french-passport-tax
However, the story turned to another direction.
I wouldn't see any big deal if he said he loves Russian culture, literature and people. Russia has Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, Pushkin, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, Nabokov... But that's not all. Saying he loves Putin and calling Russia a great democracy, Depardieu, I am sure, wants to mock the French national leaders but doesn't know he also makes a fool of himself. He was not pathetic when leaving France, when returning the French passport, but he is now. Pathetic, childish, naive and ignorant.
A talented actor as he is, Depardieu's an ignoramus and a fool when it comes to politics.
Also, in case you don't know or have forgotten, the members of Pussy Riot, after writing a song opposing Putin, were sentenced to imprisonment in Mordovia. Which makes the whole thing even more bitterly amusing.
I think, whereas at the beginning there was disagreement, now people's opinions in general are quite universal, except those that also have a distorted, limited view of Russian politics. Depardieu makes people turn against him, make fun of him and move to the French leaders' side.
At the same time, another French star is ridiculed- Brigitte Bardot.
The fact is, people born and brought up in democratic countries are like rich kids- some may be spoilt and not aware of anything.