Pussy Riot roar into the Lions with manifesto of misbehaviour
The eleventh Grey Music Seminar featured what are considered one of the bravest and most radical bands in the world, Pussy Riot. A group, as Grey’s global creative chairman said in his intro, who are so committed to bringing about change, they spent 22 months in a Russian jail. “They are going to turn you into activists because we all have a duty to misbehave,” he added.
Two unnamed members of the band then took the stage and read out their manifesto: “We believe the revolution is upon us, that the world is our country because if closing your borders was a good idea, North Korea would be the best country in the world. Our religion is doing good, and even though we still didn’t get rid of Putin, we will keep on trying. Same goes for that man in the White House whose name we don’t want to say because he loves to hear it too much.
They then went on to criticise capitalism. “The reason why that man is in the White House is because we think too much about profit, and not enough about people. We are totally opposed to celebrity fascism, by that we mean the cult of people who believe that wealth and power allows them to say and do anything they want without being answerable to justice. Talking about fascism, Putin, the malicious KGB agent, said he thinks it’s right because it comes from healthy nationalist feelings.”