Saturday, December 21, 2013

Pussy Riot; Pussy Amnesty


Since the girls from Pussy Riot recently regained their freedom under Putin's I'm-a-good-cop-now amnesty bill, I decided to share an old opinion piece I wrote about them for a facebook friend (it received two likes).

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I will say that giving them 2 years in the slammer as the Russian court has done is obscene and ridiculous. But I basically dislike Pussy Riot.

They wrote a nice, cerebral essay where they tie in the Russian Orthodox Church and Putin. Something a Slavic studies freshman at Berkeley might have written.

But to me it has limited relationship to reality. The Russian Orthodox Church is basically sustained by Russian grandmas, old babushkas who come to a pray and cry there because their husband died and their son is an unemployed alcoholic who leeches off of their meager government pension (which Putin has upped a few times).

These babushkas come to this huge church in the center of Moscow to get away from it all to get their little opiate (to us a Marxist cliche) into their grey lives. And so they are standing there and suddenly these 20-something girls burst in there and turn the church into a Urban Apparel catalog snapshot, with their loud music and fashionable denunciation of Putin.

And now they are supported by Madonna and Kevin Fetherline and whoever else, because they got a ridiculous sentence for a goofy stunt.

But in everyday Russian reality (as I see it and I'm not the most credible since I haven't been in Russia since 2006) not that many people support Putin because he has photo ops with the Patriarch, the reason they support him is because they are afraid of the unknown.

The two previous leaders they had was and incompetent idealist (Gorbachev) and an incompetent drunk (Yeltsin) so with that history they are content to be ruled by a competent former KGB colonel Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.

And so these babushkas who support him because he raised their meager pensions are not going to join the opposition because a post-modern Punk Band staged a small concert at the cathedral, in fact they will turn in the opposite direction.

Plus, on a personal level I don't like the whole Pussy Riot aesthetic, its really catchy, too much like a Converse commercial. Maybe when its all thru they can get a job at a marketing firm.

Blah, sorry for being cynical, Kalan. Happy to hear from you

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