Trump Books Pussy Riot for Inauguration

President-elect Trump has enlisted the controversial Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot to play at his inauguration.
President-elect Trump has enlisted the controversial Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot to play at his inauguration.

New York, NY — In a surprise last-minute addition to the entertainment schedule, the outspoken and controversial Russian rock band Pussy Riot has been invited to play during Donald Trump’s inauguration. According Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the President-elect reached out to the feminist punk rock band as a way to ease the perception that he’s being soft on Russia.

“Look, everyone in the media wants to jump forward and make a conclusion based off anonymous sources that are coming out of the intelligence community,” said Mr. Spicer speaking on FoxNews Sunday. “And the truth of the matter is President Trump is not going to go soft on Putin and Russia. So what better what to show how tough he’s going to be than to hire Pussy Riot for his inauguration?”

Founded in August 2011, Pussy Riot staged unauthorized provocative guerrilla performances in unusual public places, which were made into music videos and posted on the Internet. The collective’s lyrical themes included feminism, LGBT rights, and opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom the group considered to be a dictator. These themes also encompassed Putin’s links to the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church. On March 3, 2012, two of the group members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were arrested and charged with “hooliganism.”

“Pussy Riot’s performances can either be called dissident art or political action that engages art forms,” Ms. Tolokonnikova said in 2012. “Either way, our performances are a kind of civic activity amidst the repressions of a corporate political system that directs its power against basic human rights and civil and political liberties. We are excited to play in America.”

Some have questioned Trump’s decision, seeing it as potentially disruptive and damaging to his brand.

“I’m not sure I would have chosen Pussy Riot,” said Trump surrogate and former CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord. “The optics on this are bad and there’s a chance they’ll use this event not only to embarrass the President, but to further their radical feminist agenda. I know why the President is doing this, I just think it might backfire on him.”

According to Pussy Riot’s American spokeswoman Bethany Millbright, the band plans on playing English versions of their popular Russian underground hit at both the pre-inauguration ceremony and the gala ball later on that evening.

“Pussy Riot is not going to be timid,” said Ms. Millbright reading from a prepared statement. “They’re going to perform all of their hits including “Kill the Sexist,” “Kropotkin Vodka” and the truth-filled “Putin Zassal.” Sure this will make some people uncomfortable, but that’s what the band does, and we’re assuming this is what the President wants.”

It’s unclear how much the band is going to be paid for their appearance, however the Trump transition team wanted to make it clear that the Russian Federation had nothing to do with this performance.

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