Whatever Happened To Pussy Riot?

Seems like once or twice a year a cause celeb presents itself that allows all my friends who normally don’t care about much but video games or television to speak up fulfill some internal obligation they seem to feel to be socially relevant. The last two were Pussy Riot and SOPA. You can remember them because they come like clockwork and follow almost exactly the same pattern. It becomes trendy to jump on the bandwagon and you see people who you know would watch Hitler march down Main Street and not say shit suddenly acting like Martin Luther King Jr. 

But  a certain critical mass must be achieved before they’ll jump on that bandwagon, and they’re pretty quick to get off, probably feeling rather satisfied that they’ve done their part. 

Sometimes you wish you saw these people speaking up the other fifty weeks of the year, but one week bi-annually seems to be their limit. It’s a curious phenomenon and I’m sure most of you experience it, too. You don’t want to dissuade anyone from speaking up against injustice, but you wish you’d see them saying something when it didn’t feel like they were just doing it to seem trendy. 

SOPA seemed to happen at about this time last year, then Pussy Riot about six months later, now gay marriage. Interestingly, when CISPA and other similar acts were introduced in Congress you didn’t hear hardly anything. I saw a piece on Pussy Riot on 60 MInutes this week, but I haven’t had anyone on a friends list mention it in months. 

It’s hard for me to know what causes will become celebrity causes and be deemed worthy of advocating to the fickle. I advocate a lot of lost causes. I guess in six months we’ll see what some people care about next. I hope it’s something important like my fantasy football team. 

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Pussy Riot becomes passe.

 

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