Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin
the beginning of organized religion, a person, or group of
people, could count on being skewered if they dared to stand
up and talk of discontent. Going up against that force also
guaranteed your being noticed...or burnt at the stake, broken
on a wheel; general consider-it-done torturings post proclamations.
Nothing ever really changes kids.
in February of 2012 a small group of women “punk”
rock musicians took their song of protest quite literally
onto the alter to give their sermon of protest. In bright
masks and little dresses, a group that had been, until then,
shouting out on the streets of Moscow, got heard around the
world. They called themselves Pussy
Riot, and they opened up a shit-storm with their 40 second
performance on Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ’s
hallowed stage, um, altar.
Before security could get all of them to stop, the brave gals
sprang onto the altar area and began to flash-sing their lyrics
of protest for government / church collusion (God Shit is
the title?). Onlookers were dumbfounded, and in the melee
the group got away.
for long. Because up on the list of least tolerable places
to live, Russia, shines like bright evil death star. The Russian
government hunted down and arrested three of the five in performance
that day. The charges were extreme and seriously distorted.
Smelling blood, the media flocked. And what would have been
a sentence of probation now brought a nation, then the world,
in to watch – and lend their own opinions (truth based
or not ;depending) towards the case. It was now an event.
seconds-long show was portrayed as an act of religious hate-mongers
– that sold more papers and upset more comrades. The
three girls were put in a cage and asked to dance for the
the time court came about, many had heard of the act, and
the vilifying, and tuned in; a side firmly chosen. The saner
of the hordes understood that beneath the headlines, Pussy
Riot’s small act of defiance was being blown up into
a twirling dervish's convention of accusations to help railroad
anyone who would dare to speak up and out against the state
the documentary, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, from the performance
through the whole court proceeding shows you exactly the state
of things; and of power of state and church in Russia.
film makers don’t choose a side; they do not have to.
The film interviews expose the snowballing of everything.
They interview a group of wildly enthusiastic priests that
think the charged girls are nothing less than witches and
bemoan that in 1670 they’d have burned them –
case closed. It is wonderful (and terrifying) to watch these
men-of-God and their hypocrisy unedited before you.
group’s name is explained to throngs in the street:
“pussy” is not just a little innocent kitten but
a uterus – but not really it is slang meaning
a "deranged vagina".
an international news story, Pussy Riot was given a platform.
And from their cage they spoke out even more. They really
couldn’t have asked for a larger spotlight! Now, all
ears and cameras on them, the captured Pussy Riot members
give eloquent dagger-strike comments on issues that need to
be addressed for women and the countries people – it’s
wonderfully ironic part is those who seriously attempted to
nail them to the metaphorical cross managed to make the Pussy
Riot a relevant and substantial voice for all people who
want to be heard, everywhere.
the video that started it all http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN5inCayfnM