I’m going to say three things without any fear of legal repercussion - Fuck Barack Obama, fuck Jesus Christ and fuck your mother.
Now, do I really mean any of these things? No. I don’t have much of an opinion of the president, I don’t believe in Jesus and I don’t know your mother. We live in a country where every asshole with an internet connection can spew their vile and/or patently retarded thoughts and ideas upon an unassuming public. All of this without fear of jail time or any other repercussions other than looking like a dick or being trolled on the comments section of your Facebook page.
I know it’s almost a cliche to go on about freedom of speech and how we take it for granted, so I’ll save the speech (No pun intended). Still I need to share the fact that I’m deeply disturbed at the sentencing of the free thinkers in Pussy Riot today. As an other empathetic, living breathing member of the human race, I’ve felt like I’ve had the wind knocked out of me all day. To see other artists whoring their wares while this is happening disgusts me to no end. Can’t you take one fucking day and make it about something other than YOU?
But that’s besides the point so I digress. (And yes, there are plenty of artists showing support and I love and respect you all!)
As an artist who unabashedly rails against religion in my music this definitely gave me pause and chilled me to my bones.
Don’t forget that things like this can still happen in the 21st century. And while you send another tweet about how you wish you had a boyfriend, or post a flyer to Facebook promoting your band/art/livestream vasectomy, remember the women of Pussy Riot. They’re sitting in jail for something far less banal, far more important - and to me, far less egregious.
- Daniel Godfrey 08.17.2012