Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pussy Riot: Hell’s Angels behind the headline



Long before Russia’s punk-rock trio became a household name, the group was shocking sensitivities with vulgar and lewd acts – the aim of which was nothing more than gratuitous attention-seeking. Today, the banal exhibitionism continues.

By now, most people are familiar with the story behind Pussy Riot’s clumsy climb to fame: On February 21, 2012, armed with video cameras, electric guitars and trademark bright-colored balaclavas, a group of five feminists screamed and stomped on the soles of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior – Russia’s indisputable holy of holies.

The participants – who went into hiding after their performance, and thus unwittingly admitted their guilt – said their ungodly performance was directed not at the Orthodox Church itself, but for lending its support to President Putin during his election campaign.......


Indeed, several large footnotes in the Pussy Riot story have gone missing in action. Prior to the formation of Pussy Riot, Tolokonnikova and her husband Pyotr Verzilov, amongst other passionate participants, took part in a “protest orgy” in the Timiryazev State Biological Museum in Moscow in February 2008. This exhibitionist act was explained as a satire of then-presidential candidate Dmitry Medvedev's call to increase the birth rate in Russia.

Following this warped sort of logic, more than one Russian was probably scratching their head, wondering what Voina’s protests using frozen chickens and female body parts had to do with improving Russian demographics. Enough said.......


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