Pussy Riot Releases Three Powerful New Videos

Pussy Riot Releases Three Powerful New Videos

The feminist band goes after Trump and celebrates female power in their new videos.

The feminist band goes after Trump and celebrates female power in their new videos.

Text: Jake Viswanath

We can always count on Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot to take hard stands against sexist and cultural injustices around the world, having gone so far as having members get arrested in their home country for protesting the government for sexist actions. In the midst of America's tumultuous election season, we really needed them to pull out their politically charged music and groundbreaking music videos for both reassuring comfort and twisted humor, and they have delivered.

This week, Pussy Riot released a trilogy of music videos for three new songs aimed at reminding all citizens of the true power of women and the social dangers that a Donald Trump presidency could potentially pose for them.

The video for “Straight Outta Vagina,” featuring female rappers Leikeli47 and Desi Mo, proudly highlights the strength of women and their anatomy as female dancers in blue ski masks strut through men’s restrooms and theater stages and flaunt their bodies for the world to see. The groovy feminist anthem possibly sets the world record for the amount of vagina mentions in a single track.

The clip for “Organs” sees band founder Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, better known as Nadya, laying in a gruesome bathroom as blood creeps down into her tub and covers her body. The Russian lyrics of the pensive chant ballad touch on the Russian government’s sexual oppression of women as Nadya pleads for justice and understanding for all women.

Perhaps most significantly, the video for “Make America Great Again,” directed by Jonas Akerlund, is as negatively Trump-centric as you may expect. The clip depicts a fictional but sadly potential dystopian United States in which Trump wins the presidency. Women are judged by government officials by the size of their statures and breasts, brutally punished for their bodily differences, and burned with marks if they’re deemed political outsiders or “fat pigs.” While one hopes the country wouldn’t take this turn in the event of a Trump win, his demeaning sexist comments signal otherwise.

“The point was to show that Trump’s words are not just words,” Tolokonnikova said about the video to TIME. “Those words lead to violence, which is why they were burned into my body.” The clip depicts this message and then some, wrapped up in an aesthetically pleasing but scarily accurate package. During this traumatic time of false insults, personal attacks against everything in sight, and efforts to strip women of their rights, Pussy Riot is putting forward the effort to actually make America great again.

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