Pussy Riot Grabs Back

Putin denies trying to influence the current presidential election. Russian feminist punk rock collective Pussy Riot is far more open in its effort to sway U.S. voters. Employing the classic strategy of detournement, Pussy Riot’s new video turns Trump’s own slogan against him:

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Nadya Tolokonnikova*, who was imprisoned for Pussy Riot’s anti-Putin protest in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior (the official charge was “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”), drew a direct comparison between Trump and Putin (whom Trump has defended on several occasions):

“It is bad for [the] political and social climate in America, and in the world in general, that the candidate for president of the United States openly supports tyrants around the world like Putin or Assad. As someone who lived in a country where we had this type of guy as president for 16 years, I would say that it’s not fun to live in this society. You don’t have free speech, you don’t have respect for yourself as women – we don’t have it.”


* Is Pussy Riot still a collective or is it now just Nadya Tolokonnikova, along with her collaborator, Wallpaper’s Ricky Reed?

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