Chloe Sevigny stars in Pussy Riot’s chaotic new video for Police State

Pussy Riot fight against a surreal Police State in the video for their latest single.

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Pussy Riot have dropped the video for their latest single, ‘Police State’ and, as you’d expect, it’s filled with political imagery. At first glance, cars burn, children’s toys get destroyed, police wrestle kids… the list goes on. The Moscow-based, punk rock feminist collective/ band have enlisted Oscar-nominated actress Chloe Sevigny to play a role in the visuals that highlight creeping authoritarianism across the world. Taking on the role of a police officer, Sevigny is beating a stuffed animal with a baton, harassing children and generally acting like every bad cop stereotype going.

The track’s tempo speeds up mid-way through and lyrics contrast the visuals; ‘Oh my God, I’m so happy I could die/ Oh my God, I’m so happy I could cry.’ In retaliation to the extremity of our time, Pussy Riot took to Facebook to explain the concept, “pro-authoritarian trends and autocratic, conservative right-wing leaders are spreading around the world like a sexually transmitted disease.”

Graphics flicker at speed, bringing the video to a dramatic conclusion; police wear gas masks, children are forced to view riot videos and newscasts of Trump’s reign broadcast from a pile of vintage box TV sets. Pussy Riot are no strangers to authoritarianism, in 2012, three members of the group charged with ‘hooliganism’ by Russian officials and sentenced to up to seven years in prison. Both the track and video are a clear response to the rise of far-right leaders across the world and Pussy Riot’s outlook is far from hopeful, as they say ‘when America sneezes, the whole world catches the flu.’

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