Pussy Riot Face Dumb Questions, Prudish Reporters In Post-Prison Media Frenzy

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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