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Chloë Sevigny Stars in Pussy Riot’s New ‘Police State’ Video

"If everybody who denounced Trump on social media showed up on the streets and refuse to leave until he's gone, he'd be out of office in a week." 

On the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Pussy Riot has released their dystopian new music video “Police State,” directed by Matt Creed.

The video stars Chloë Sevigny as a violent law-enforcement officer destroying children’s toys in front of their eyes. It also sees masked kids strapped to chairs and forced to watch political leaders destroy the world on television.

“Pro-authoritarian trends and autocratic, conservative, right-wing leaders are spreading around the world like a sexually transmitted disease. What can we do?” says Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova in a statement. “If we find a way how to act together, be articulate, focused and persuasive, we can shift mountains. Look back: people did it before. Soviet dissidents were fighting against one of the most oppressive governments on the planet and shared their own diy magazines (samizdat) via secret networks. Labor union leaders and civil rights activists were dying for their beliefs in the US. And it actually did make our world a better place.”

Pussy Riot released their xxx EP last year, which spawned the music video for “Make America Great Again,” directed by frequent Lady Gaga collaborator Jonas Akerlund. The video spotlighted the chaos that ensued from Trump’s election one year ago.

“Actions are more important that opinions and comments,” Tolokonnikova continues. “It’s crucial to build alternative institutions, establish alternative power structures and networks, especially when your government sucks. There’s a lot that can be done and should be done. Putin will not disappear tomorrow, but we can show our fellow Russians how corrupted, damaging and ineffective his rule is. If everybody who denounced Trump on social media showed up on the streets and refuse to leave until he’s gone, he’d be out of office in a week. What it takes is just to abandon our learned helplessness.”

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