Pussy Riot Just Gave Glastonbury Their 10 Rules Of Rebellion

Feminist punks Pussy Riot know how to make a statement. They drove a military truck out in front of The Park Stage this afternoon, before a man in a black balaclava and military fatigues climbed out onto the roof and started waving around an AK-47 and ranting about “The Glastonbury People’s Republic” which would throw off “American imperialism!” (The crowd cheered) and “Ban gay parades!” (The crowd booed, and began to murmur uncomfortably). It was a perfect sketch of power corrupting, and the relief was palpable when Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova emerged to wrestle the gun from him, tie him up and declare their own rebellion. Here in full is Tolokonnikova’s speech about how to live life the Pussy Riot way:

“I have to officially warn you before our event – and it’s not a joke – that feminist punk really can drive you crazy, but it’s worth it. Do not resist it. And you have to sign an official agreement that if you become crazy because of feminist punk, you will not go to court against us.

The second remark is: Don’t follow our art. It could offend you.

I’m standing on the military vehicle of my country, because I believe that we – me and you – the people – have to take back arms from our government, we have to occupy military stuff and I’m pretty fucking sure that we can use them in much more proper and interesting ways – in art, further education or for stages for music festivals.

I’m also here to tell you the 10 rules of Pussy Riot:

Develop a culture of Rebellion

There’s a culture of listening to music and a culture of reading books, and there is a culture of rebellion. It’s the ability to ask uncomfortable questions, to challenge and to change.

What if the devil approached you and offered to make you a deal? If I had to sell my soul in order that Putin was gone and in Russia there were true political changes and political competition, I would do it. Not a bad deal for a soul. If Virgin Mary is not able to drive Putin away, I will ask Devil to do that.

Start your new day with a cup of coffee and a good riot

There is a one valid question for Pussy Riot. “What the hell you are doing, ladies? Why don’t you just sit on your couch and drink some beer?” What makes us act out? I’m really angry due to the fact that the main political institutions of our country are law enforcement, the army, police, intelligence agencies, and prisons. And one insane quasi-superhero half-naked riding on the horse, the man who is not afraid of anyone, except gays. The man who is so good in friendship so he just presented the half of my country to his closest friends, oligarchs.

Every change begins with a riot

I admire Eve. While Adam – I believe he was not very bright person – while Adam just hang out in Paradise and obeyed the all divine orders, Eve hustled and found an apple. In according to the Bible it was the apple of knowledge. So generally we have to thank Eve for having a science, space shuttles, iphones, music recording studios, coffee machines, internet. They told us that men invent everything, but without Eve he couldn’t even start to think and to get knowledge about the world. Is it better to take a bite from the fucking tree of knowledge, tree of good and evil, than to sit like a blissful idiot on the shoulder of the Lord. Eve is the first feminist and generally cool gal.

Think different, Think Feminist

Every time I see a woman in heels, I sympathize for her and want to ask to carry her over my shoulder. I admire men who wear high heels. Despite that tradition doesn’t oblige them to do that, they are still wearing heels. They are my heroes. I’d like to imagine that they do it just in benefit of all oppressed women in our history. My huge love to you!

Stay queer

Live your life like it could become a movie plot. Btw, Eve lived this kind of life for sure.

Pussy Riot is inside you

True Punk should approach everything critically, even the steel spikes, which will not themselves make you punk. Colorful hairs and spikes have become too acceptable. Now even balaclavas become too mainstream. It’s time to create something new!

Have a break, Have a Riot

My first gray hair appeared in a Moscow prison in 2012. I was 22. Then wrinkles appeared on my forehead. I don’t worry about my wrinkles – with ages comes a million possibilities to make artistic acts to ridicule ageism and sexism. I have already thought up an art project about ageism that I will carry out at fifty – and I’m very excited about this project. Can’t wait my fifties. Gray hair, wrinkles, and scars could be good accessories not only for men but also for women. Be proud of your wrinkles – they’re not easily gotten.

Let rioting be your habit

I meet a lot of people on my way who don’t ready to live without shame. If you only live once, this is your last time. It seems for me that a lot of people behave like they have another 500 years on the clock. You do not have five hundred years; live without shame.

Don’t read the news, just make them

Government – it’s just officials, office clerks whom we pay. They are not the owners, just clerks. Even if queen is no more THAT type of queen, u know, the absolute monarch, so ppls like presidents, prime-mins and chancellors should be Modest Mouses. The requirements for an official: to be prompt, modest, and report each step of the way. If the official doesn’t meet these requirements, then goodbye. We’ll hire another.

We are the power!”