The 10 Most WTF Moments of 2012
The dick pics, the media silence, canceling a huge tour, leaking their own album, getting dropped from Epic Records... Almost nothing Death Grips has done is without tinges of WTF? At first, all this nonsense appeared to be a publicity stunt, then it seemed (to me, at least) to be childish idiocy, but the SPIN interview really got to the heart of it: it was all about the music and the label just didn't understand that. Aww. Hopefully, Grips can recover from their rough year and it's doubtful they're done shocking and awing us.
At its height, the Pussy Riot controversy was really funny to listen to on NPR, because they would say "pussy" over and over and over in their funny British accents. But it's a serious matter.
Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre referred to Pussy Riot on his blog, something to the effect of "Name one song." He's totally missing the point. Pussy Riot may have only recorded a few tracks, but their stunt in the Russian Orthodox Church, where they said a prayer to Saint Mary asking for the removal of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was all that mattered. Arrested and convicted for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred," three of the band members face two years in prison. One of the girls, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was let go on probation, but the future still looks grim for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina.
The outpouring of support came all across the board - Madonna, Moby, Paul McCartney, Peaches, Die Antwoord and tons of others expressed their solidarity. The outrage sparked protests all across the globe and soon everyone, including Jesus in a South Park episode, were raising banners and donning balaclavas.
That really takes the cake in terms of WHAT THE FUCK. Imagine that this happened in America? Let's say, you lived in Portland, Oregon and also had some extremist political views, so the FBI broke down your door, stole all your stuff, then threw you in front of a jury not much unlike Putin's kangaroo courts, all because the FBI said you were at a riot in Seattle when you totally weren't. That's crazy, right? That shit only happens in Russia, right?
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