Панк-молебен - Богородица, Путина прогони
I’ve been meaning to add some thoughts to the wildfire discussion about Pussy Riot, despite the fact that so much amazing stuff has been written already. It’s not often that indie musicians can serve up such radical, viral and symbolic messages. Stunning to behold. I’ve been following this story with enthusiasm and fascination as it embodies deep implications not only to the political future of Russia, but the future of music + activism + art + global feminism + DIY + internet. I can’t help get chills of pride the more I read and listen and see about these powerful women, provocative performers.
Oblige me yet another public service announcement. This is probably one of the most important music videos of the decade. Watch it. What better vengeance to state-forced silence than to become a global phenomenon?
My hope, though, is that these womens’ story doesn’t follow the pattern of a hot-then-forgotten into the internet dustbin. Silenced when the hype wears off. Let’s not let that happen, okay?
Further recommended reading:
The Atlantic: Manic Pixie Dream Dissidents: How the World Misunderstands Pussy Riot
In 2005, film critic Nathan Rabin coined the phrase Manic Pixie Dream Girl to describe a woman who “exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” You might say that Pussy Riot are being treated as something like Manic Pixie Dream Dissidents, blank revolutionary slates onto which Westerners are projecting their hipster fantasies.
New York Times: The Wrong Reasons to Back Pussy Riot
Pussy Riot and its comrades at Voina come as a full package: You can’t have the fun, pro-democracy, anti-Putin feminism without the incendiary anarchism, extreme sexual provocations, deliberate obscenity and hard-left politics.
Unless you are comfortable with all that (and I strongly suspect 99 percent of Pussy Riot’s fans in the mainstream media are not), then standing behind Pussy Riot only now, when it is obviously blameless and the government clearly guilty, is pure opportunism. And just like in the bad old days, such knee-jerk yet selective support for Russian dissidents — without fully engaging with their ideas — is not only hypocritical but also does a great disservice to their cause.
Pitchfork: “We Are All Pussy Riot”: Kathleen Hanna Speaks on the Jailed Feminist Punk Group
Everyone is always asking me, ‘How do we restart riot grrrl?’ And I’m like, ‘Don’t.’ Who wants to restart something that’s 20 years old? Start your own fucking thing.