Pussy Riot Says Donald Trump Is a Fine Comedian But a Bad Politician

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina of Pussy Riot pose for photographs at Amnesty International UK headquarters in East London on Nov. 14, 2014. 

In addition to being punk music makers, Russian feminist collective Pussy Riot uses that unapologetic rebel mentality to fuel their political activism. Specifically, member Nadya Tolokonnikova (known by fans as “Nadya Tolokno”) has not let backlash or prison time (she once served two years for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility”) silence her views. Always topical, Tolokno recently spoke to Rolling Stone to compare Russian President Vladimir Putin to Republican hopeful and media catnip contender Donald Trump.  

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"I see similarities between Trump and Putin because they both like to provoke the audience," she told Rolling Stone. "Artists and punks and musicians should provoke the audience, and politicians should serve the public interest. It's not their role to express their individuality, to do crazy gestures like Trump and Putin are doing."

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The provocative Tolokno is a fan of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and told RS she is working on a song about Bern and The Donald (which coincidentally sounds like a glorious name for a Pussy Riot song -- or a hilarious comic book series).

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“I don’t want to see two dangerous clowns as presidents of big countries,” Tolokno said of Trump and Putin. “I think that [Trump] probably could be not-bad comedian, but he couldn't be politician.”


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