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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vladimir Putin versus Pussy Riot

Vladimir Putin, one of the most powerful politicians in the world, is being driven up the wall — Gaslighted — by a female punk rock band.  Three members of Pussy Riot have an upcoming trial and will probably receive long prison sentences.  Their song lyrics are offensive to the Russian powers that be.

Several other band members (who aren’t on trial) told Reuters:

“Three wonderful girls who were an inspiration for this group are in prison right now.  It is hard for us without them. We feel it, but it means only one thing: We should be even stronger, maybe even bolder.  Please put your balaclavas on. I would like to urge other girls — put your balaclavas on, go out on to the street, to work, to your office, to the shop, go to the theatre in your balaclava, become a Pussy Riot. Stage your own riot.”

“We made our choice. Of course there is danger and we feel it. Obviously, we want to avoid any bad situations in the future but I'm afraid that every one of us - it is quite scary - is ready for such consequences.  It is really strange to talk about because until this wave of support formed, it wasn't prestigious but provocative, it was dangerous.  Now there are very many pussy riots all over the world, people who are donning balaclavas and giving us support.”

The more Putin tries to suppress this group, the more international support they get.  Madonna and Bjork have expressed public support for them.  The mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland, waved a banner that said “Free Pussy Riot” (while one of the band’s songs was playing) during a parade in Reykjavik.  And later this week, there will be supporting rallies in at least two dozen cities around the world.

No doubt Putin thinks he can use his immense power to just sweep this little problem under the rug.  The Shah of Iran probably thought the same thing in 1979 when those annoying Muslim protesters started gathering in the streets.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their Dixie Chicks

Erik

August 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

Really hard to believe that Putin has anything to do with this but I can't say as I haven't followed this story at all. The President is so far removed from what's happening on the street it's kind of like blaming Obama for Fast and Furious, something started before he was president and that Bush had no knowledge of either. Either way it sucks.

August 15, 2012 at 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Our Rushpubliscum politicians, remembering the Dixie Chicks, are no doubt furiously nodding their heads in agreement. Boehner might even buy a few rounds in celebration.

August 16, 2012 at 4:21 AM  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

Putin is himself a pussy for being the paranoid tyrant he truly is. What a despicable wimp he is!

August 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

Putin is himself a pussy for being the paranoid tyrant he truly is. What a despicable wimp he is!

August 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Good comparison. But instead of having a broadcast CEO ban them from every radio station, Putin wants them jailed.

Mr. C: No, this is definitely up close and personal between Putin and Pussy Riot; and anyone else who criticizes him for that matter.

JR: They're probably jealous as hell. "Shit, we should have locked up the Dixie Chicks instead of just banning their records."

Jack: Yup, a tyrant and a pussy.

August 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

I could be jumping to conclusions here, but I think the person quoted is going to learn that no matter how many people around the world don balaclavas and stage pussy riots (weird imagery there), in Russia Putin will methodically nail 'em and jail 'em until the headache goes away. Just a hunch.

August 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: I guess it depends on whether Putin is any more responsive to world opinion than his predecessors were when they invaded Afghanistan and ignored the global outcry.

August 16, 2012 at 5:44 PM  

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