Pussy Riot

The members of the Russian dissident punk band Pussy Riot got a ton of media attention when they were in prison, so it makes sense that they’d get plenty now that they’re free. But that attention has taken some strange turns. For instance, band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova recently gave their first joint TV interview to Ksenia Sobchak, a former socialite who’s become a TV interviewer. And the interview was goofy as fuck.

If you don’t speak Russian, you won’t get too much from watching the interview other than a paralyzing sense of awkwardness. But Buzzfeed has a breakdown of some of the stranger moments, and they really are bizarre. Sample questions: “How much is the Pussy Riot brand worth?,” What’s the meaning of life, in your view?,” “I can’t not ask the most important question: what’s up with your eyebrows?” She also asked Tolokonnikova if she planned on going solo: “No one remembers Destiny’s Child, but everyone knows Beyoncé.” Is this just what Russian TV is like? Here’s the interview:


(via SPIN)

Meanwhile, American TV has weirdnesses of its own. The hacker collective Anonymous broke the (unconfirmed) news that NBC has ordered its on-air personalities not to say the band’s name on-air. And when he was introducing a segment on Pussy Riot last night, anchor Brian Williams referred to the band members as simply “two young women.”

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  3. Why do people talk about this troupe as though we knew who they were before their successful stunt. The only reason anyone outside of Russia knows who they are is because of their name; nobody knows anything about their music or art, and very few know a thing about Russia. All reporting on these ladies is completely disingenuous.

    • I wouldn’t say they’re being covered as though we knew who they were before their incarceration. A band being imprisoned for 2 years for playing a concert in a church is a pretty big musical story. I’d find it strange to see stories about them on CNN but not on a blog such as this. And this particular story just seems to be pointing out the humor in the superficial questions being asked to newly freed political prisoners.

  4. They’re not a real band… They’re a group of protesters.

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