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I heard on Colbert that Pussy Riot was appearing with Madonna and it got me thinking. To me, Madonna is/was the quintessential media pop star, the opposite of everything punk rock stands for. But is it different in Russia? Is she thought of as more subversive thanks to her upfront sexuality? I think of that as just T&A to sell records, but maybe Pussy Riot thinks differently? Well, it seems not everyone in Pussy Riot is happy with their concert. But the reasons seem to be more broad than appearing with Madonna.

It's hard for me to see how playing a charity concert sponsored by Amnesty International is selling out. But in terms of my Madonna question, i don't think i've learned anything. Except that the old rule that if two leftists enter a room, three splinter groups will emerge is still true.

By fnord12 | February 6, 2014, 8:00 AM | Music