George and Julia's Vegan Underground

Vegans That Rock!

Punk rock bands don’t protest anymore. When I was a kid, the Dead Kennedys called Reagan a Nazi and Crass accused Thatcher of murder for the whole Falkland Islands fiasco. Punk was direct and menacing. If you didn’t piss off an authority figure, you weren’t doing it right. Today punk’s message is about love, suburban boredom, or on rare occasion, a veiled disapproval of the current government.

I guess the memo never made it to Russia because Pussy Riot is punk rockin’ like it’s 1985. If you thought power washing Occupy Wall Street was police statey, Russia is still kickin’ it iron curtain. Jello Biafra can sleep at night knowing government hating is still alive, kicking, screaming and messaging in music once again. You know who isn’t sleeping well? Alicia Silverstone. I’ll get to that.


I’m not sure how many members there are in Pussy Riot but only three got sentenced. Now unmasked, one of the unlucky 3 is a charming vegan who cracked a grin even while being displayed in a plexi-glass cage (how bizarre was that?). These grrrrrls were not apologizing. 

Vegan Maria Alekhina who lead an anti-Vladimir Putin song and “punk prayer” in the main Russian favorite place of worship, the Orthodox cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour.

As it turns out, a Russian prison is not a good place to be a vegan. Maria wouldn’t eat, her blood sugar dropped and the paramedics had to be called in.

Now I don’t care if reporters think it’s a joke when Alicia Silverstone wrote a letter to President Putin:

“I respectfully request you to ensure that vegan meals are available to Ms. Alekhina and all prisoners. Regardless of the trial and its outcome, I’m sure you can agree that everyone has the right to show compassion and refrain from harming animals by being vegan. “

You go Alicia. You rock too. Somebody get Maria a vegan cake. Poison-free, eh Putin. It took a lot of huevos to take on Vladimir. There may be hope for release. Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev (Russian President 2008 until May) spoke out to release Pussy Riot.  Great idea Dmitri but for now give em’ hell Maria Alekhina.  Separate that church and state.  You’re bad ass and without-a-doubt a Vegan That Rocks!


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