People Mag: Hillary Clinton 'Inspired' by Profane Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot

In a sidebar to People magazine’s softball interview/cover story – with People’s Sondra Sobieraj Westfall making inquiries like “What kind of grandma will you be?” – they honored “15 Women Changing the World Right Now,” including gay “equality crusader” Mary Bonauto and “mom against gun violence” Shannon Watts.

Then there’s a list of “Hillary’s Picks,” for “some of the women whose lives have inspired her own.” There’s Burmese dissident Aung Sun Suu Kyi, and German prime minister Angela Merkel, and ...Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot:

THE FEMINIST ROCKERS
Pussy Riot

The  Russian punk band “took a stand for free expression, the right to assemble...not knowing if they would be imprisoned,” says Clinton. “That’s gutsy.”

Michael Chapman of our sister site CNSNews.com notes Clinton also hailed them on Twitter in April, displaying a photo taken with them in New York. Certainly, they didn’t deserve a long imprisonment for their bizarre, non-musical performance inside the Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior on Feb. 12, 2012. But this is hardly what you would call an inspirational episode of expression. It's more like a profane tantrum.

One can very easily imagine that this same religion-mocking protest inside a mosque or a synagogue wouldn't endear a band to Hillary Clinton and the secular-progressive media.

People isn’t go to risk Hillary offending religious voters in America by noting her role models apparently come with literate lyrics such as “Holy shit! Shit! Lord is shit!” (Try putting "Mohammed" in those lyrics and see how that would end. Hint: you don't get to be a commencement speaker at Brandeis.) The Russian government charged the band members with “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility.” Here’s a video:

That's dressing up the actual event with music that wasn't there. The actual event is here.

PS: Unsurprisingly, Clinton also admired (and was "inspired" by) several radical feminist-socialist presidents from South America:

THE SURVIVOR
Dilma Rousseff, 66

Captured, jailed, and reportedly tortured in the early ‘70s, Rousseff became the first female president of Brazil. She’s a “formidable leader whom I admire and like,” Clinton writes. “Strong intellect and true grit.”

THE REFORMER
Michelle Bachelet, 62

A physician and Chile’s president, “she and I became allies and friends in the ongoing struggle for the rights of women and girls,” writes Clinton.

Tim Graham
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Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis