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Who Will Be Brave Enough To Suggest We Free Pussy Riot?

By Andrew Ti / August 17, 2012 - 12:30 pm

Let’s just say right away that there’s lots and lots of depressing and infuriating shit in the news that the Russian band Pussy Riot has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for protesting the fucked up reign of ole Vlad “The Body” Putin. Specifically, protesting with this performance:

Honestly, there aren’t that many absolutes in the world, but when your music video shoot has to be broken up by a combination of the Moscow Police and a nun (I think? I’m not going to look up if they actually have nuns) from the Russian Orthodox Church, it’s probably safe to assume you’re in the right. Honestly, Putin, if your government can’t stand up to this level of wack-dancing-based political discourse (side note: I am a fan of freedom and free speech, but I am not a fan of their dancing. Sorry.), then maybe it’s time to hang up the jackboots and go back to doing MMA against bears or whatever it is the fuck you do to prove you’re a man who definitely isn’t scared of three ladies in a band.

But, as usual, when shit goes down at the intersection of art, politics, and protest, celebrity is probably not that far behind.

While Madonna’s speech at a recent Moscow performance comes from what is undoubtedly a good place, it’s also kind of legit hilarious a) every time she says “Russia” in a different accent, and b) how she keeps working in some variation of the phrase “express yourself” like it’s some kind of product placement deal, which, I guess, it kind of is.

I guess if there’s any bright side to this story, it’s that we got and will get to hear the word “pussy” on the news like 18.5 million times.

How Racist Is This?

  • Vladimir Putin: so racist, obviously
  • Pussy Riot: not going to do the research, but hopefully none