Yeah I dunno if you guys have heard about the whole Pussy Riot
thing, but I thought I might as well let you know in case you haven't. There's a Russian band called Pussy Riot, which is sort of a feminist punk rock collective band featuring girls wearing ski masks. They get away with swapping band members arbitrarily because of the masks, but anyway.
I hadn't heard much about them until recently, but they basically like to stage unannounced protest performances in unauthorized locations, like on top of a bus, or in a church, or something that will provoke people. Russian is kind of a shitty place as far as free speech is concerned, so they're doing good for their country, you know?
Anyway. They have a lot of resentment towards their president Vladimir Putin, and the corruption between church and state, and all this other stuff, so they decided to stage a protest in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow... basically some huge corrupt church. They did their performance, got arrested, and then the church and the state pressed some bullshit charges on them for blasphemy, hooliganism, and "disrupting the social order of things". Essentially they got put in prison as payback for being political against the 2 biggest jackwads in their country. They faced up to 7 years in prison but ended up getting about 2, which still sucks ass.
Oh yeah wasn't I supposed to be talking about Yoko Ono? Hahaha. Uhm. Yeah wait, do we still hate her because of the beatles, or is she cool now? I don't remember what the hip thing to say is. But yeah. I suppose I'm in favor of the idea that someone with a platform would use it to do some good.
So yeah, Ono has joined in the call to release the band members, although that doesn't seem like it will happen. I guess also, Yoko oversees some grant that had been established for Lennon, and so she named the Pussy Riot band members as recipients of it, which is pretty nice at least.
I think I'm done with this post but yeah, free speech is awesome, and fuck corrupted churches.