An open letter addressed to Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, (the two members of Pussy Riot who appeared at the Amnesty International Human Rights Concert at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday night and the same two who recently interviewed on the Colbert Report), by the still anonymous members of Pussy Riot stated quite simply that the two are no longer considered members of the group.

Their actions have been considered, by the remaining anonymous members, to contradict the very principles of Pussy Riot. This concern has been caused by the two associating themselves with the Amnesty concert that featured an event poster with the words Pussy Riot presented over the image of a balaclava wearing man, which is seen as challenging the group’s stand on being an all-female separatist collective that believes in having no representation by a man in poster form or in reality.  

Also by being part of an elaborate event that charged extremely high ticket prices to attend has them called out as not conforming to the collective’s leftist anti-capitalist ideology as Pussy Riot makes their art and music totally free and accessible and their performances are spontaneous and guerrilla-style.

With the recent publicity and visibility of Masha and Nadya, the collective feels as though their reasons for remaining anonymous have also been challenged as they are opposed to the very idea of using the female face as a trademark for promoting any sort of goods or services.   

The letter does address the fact that the two women are engaged in a new project and praises them for positively focusing their energies on protecting the rights of prisoners.

 Here’s the link to the letter in full. 

thanks to BrooklynVegan

Tagged in: Pussy Riot, open letters, amnesty international   

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