Using Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot – The Musical

From the musical Oliver:

Fagin: I have an airtight kitty-plan. Plan! It’s sweet and simple, the plan . . .

If I had written this article in 2012, I could have had US State Department travel and banking restrictions placed on me according to Mark Feygin (or is that Fagin?), lawyer for the Pussy Rioters.

As geopolitical researcher and journalist, Tony Cartalucci said of the Pussy Riot video, although

.  .  .  marketed as an act of “freedom of expression” by the Western media and the West’s collection of foreign ministries, it was in reality what would be called both a hate-crime and disorderly conduct in the West. Furthermore, in the West, such an act would come with steep fines and lengthy jail sentences.

In 2011 in Australia, Brendon Lee O’Connell received a three year sentence in Perth for posting a video of himself committing a similar crime.

Pussy Riot is a feminist punk band of roughly a dozen young women and around 15 supporters who are angry at discrimination in Russian legislation such as restrictions on legal abortions. According to band member Tolokonnikova, they are “part of the global anti-capitalist movement, which consists of anarchists, Trotskyists, feminists and autonomatists.”  (Many who supported their right to freedom of expression would probably have locked them up themselves if the media hadn’t selectively hidden that information; particularly in America.)

In order not to offend His Holiness
Women must give birth and love
Shit, shit, the Lord’s shit!

In their February 2012 deliberately provocative stunt,  Pussy Riot attacked the patriarch of the Orthodox Church because of his influence on abortion policy and on Putin. Their “punk prayer” as actually performed in the Cathedral did not get much further than singing “Shit, shit, the Lord’s shit!” 

Award winning journalist, Michelle Grattan says “In the era of spin, symbols and style become more important in the presentation of the political message.” Considerable spin was put on the Pussy Riot video.

The original video was a shambles. It reminded me of David Bowie’s original Space Oddity film track; the one he made himself as a teenager. NASA saw its symbolic possibilities for the mood landings and the version we all know complete with stylish space suit has become part of music and spin history. Now that they want to go to Mars, it’s no surprise that Astronaut Chris Hadfield sang a wistful cover of it on the International Space Station recently.

The final Pussy Riot video as presented repeatedly across all electronic media platforms in the west for several weeks was also very different to the original. Ambiguous, bitty,  rhythmical, incomprehensible to non-Russian speakers, with much of it filmed in another church and crafted to appeal to the young, it was classic spin. You can see both versions at Feygin’s website. Later, Feygin became the scriptwriter for the girls’ trial,  tried to trademark Pussy Riot as a brand name and even tried to take custody of their children.

If they [the church] mean repentance in the sense of a crime … it definitely
won’t happen. Our clients won’t admit guilt. A call for that is pointless – Feygin

His clients sacked him before he could get their sentences increased further.

Fitzhenrymac

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 Cartalucci, Tony. Russian “Punkers” Get 2 Years Jail for US State Department Stunt. Land Destroyers Report. August 17, 2012. Accessed May 16 2013. http://landdestroyer.blogspot.ca/2012/08/russian-punkers-get-2-years-jail-for-us.html Web

Hadfield, Chris. Space Oddity. May 12 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo Accessed May 12 2013. Web.

Holpuch, Amanda. Media take a prim view of Pussy Riot. 17 August 2012. The Guardian. Accessed May 16 2013. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/us-news-blog/2012/aug/17/media-prim-view-pussy-riot . Web.

Lawyers intend to initiate creation of Pussy Riot list in U.S. Interfax: Religion. 24 September 2012. Accessed May 16 2013. http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=9894Web.

Murcouris, Alexander. Pussy Riot after the judgement. Mercouris. August 28 2012. Accessed May 16 2013. http://mercouris.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/pussy-riot-after-the-judgment/ Web.

Mark Feygin. http://mark-feygin.livejournal.com/90408.html Accessed May 16 2013. Web.

Pussy Riot. Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pussy_Riot Accessed May 16 2013. Web

Pussy Riot – Punk Prayer Lyrics. Rapgenius. http://rapgenius.com/Pussy-riot-punk-prayer-lyrics Accessed May 16 2013. Web

About Fitzhenrymac

A non-violent, ethical, green, socialist citizen of Earth who can't stand the visual and written lies that media use to manipulate people
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