pussy riot on house of cards

this post contains no serious spoilers (important story info about a tv episode that will spoil/ruin your viewing experience if u haven’t seen it yet).

house of cards
house of cards’ francis underwood, played by kevin spacey

but……if like me, u didn’t read about pussy riot‘s participation in season 3 of house of cards on-line, then actually the title of this post is a bit of a spoiler.

First US Public Appearance by the Recently Freed Members of PUSSY RIOT
masha & nadya of pussy riot (star traks photo)

because i hadn’t read anything about it, i was surprised and juiced to see a pussy riot cameo (brief appearance by somebody recognizable) in episode 3. nadezhda tolokonnikova (nadya) and maria alyokhina (masha) were arrested for performing an interrupted punk prayer (the song mother of god–kick out putin) at the cathedral of christ the savior in moscow in 2012.

they served more than a year in prison before being granted amnesty in december of 2013.

the closing credits of the the house of cards episode includes a new song, don’t cry genocide written and performed with members of the american electronic punk band le tigre

the lyrics are heavy with the punk feminism pussy riot is known for…..

the fatherland is built on compliance

from the bedroom to global finance

women make the best traitors

strikers, refusers we’re bitches by nature

compliance means following the rulestraitors are people who betray; in the song, people who go against the fatherland.

tolokonnikova sees don’t cry genocide as

an international english-language song which is devoted to the militarization of society and to american drones in particular

drone-strikedrone strike from the ground
a drone attack  &  its impact on the ground  (pakistan.com.pk, cnn.com)

specifically, the lyrics talk about drones like this

fuck me with your big hard drone  

kill my whole family, I don’t wanna die alone.

pick us off one at a time 

so the u.n. won’t cry genocide

in this context, the idea of pick off is kill in the style of a sniper or with the precision that supporters of drone attacks claim. it contrasts with genocide, the systematic destruction of an entire ethnicity. the u.n. is the united nations.

united nations building
the united nations building in new york city

and keeping it efl, nadya said this about singing in english

it was hard as hell to learn all these english phrases

click here to read le tigre member johanna fateman‘s account of the don’t cry genocide/house of cards experience with pussy riot.  to read the complete lyrics of don’t cry genocide, click here.

fun english practice :) richyrocks english on youtube

have u seen house of cards?  what did u think of pussy riot’s cameo?  what is your opinion about drone strikes or the other issues that the lyrics to don’t cry genocide bring up? share your opinions under leave a reply


 

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