Pussy Riot Reaction: Stars Express Shock, Black Keys to Boycott Russia

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Three members of the Russian group Pussy Riot were sentenced to multiple years in prion yesterday. Their crime?

Calling out President Vladimir Putin during a March performance in Russia.

Pussy Riot Members

Now, various stars and musicians are responding to the punishment, with one well-known band vowing to never play in Russia again. Here is a rundown of reactions:

Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney: "FYI. We will never being playing a show in Russia as long as they imprison innocent musicians for speaking their minds peacefully."

Mischa Barton: "I can't believe sentencing #pussyriot to2 yrs in jail.as someone who lived in Moscow and has filmed& seen inside the jails my heart goes out."

Kate Walsh: "What a massive disappointment for Russia: imprisoning pussyriot?? Shame on you."

Bill Maher: "Solidarity shout-out to #PussyRiot! I signed a petition in support! Then I found out it was a band," he tweeted, along with, "I see #MittRomney and #PaulRyan have taken to calling themselves America's Comeback Team. Cuz #PussyRiot was taken."

Paul McCartney: "I and many others like me who believe in free speech will do everything in our power to support you and the idea of artistic freedom."

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Some of you really don't understand this - it was nothing to do with religion, even the Russian Orthodox Church have asked the government to grant clemency to the girls - this is another example of the corruption in the Russian government, as they have given a ridiculously unreasonable sentence to people who were speaking the truth about their lack of transparency etc (lets not forget that Putin won his last election with '120% of the vote'!) Some of you just have to make everything seem like an attack on Christianity when it has nothing to do with that! - Chill Out!!

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I think it should be noted that the Pussy Riots danced around in their bras and masks in a CHURCH. They weren't using their freedom of speech, they were disrespectful to all Christians in Russia. If they wanted to speak out against Putin, they could have done so on a public square. I live in Russia, so I would know. With these celebrities showing their support to the wrong people, the members of the Pussy Riot were smirking throughout their whole trial and verdict. They deserved the two year sentence. What they did was not freedom of speech, but mockery of a religion and vandalism.

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Besides.... What idiot would do what they did? Was these b#+#$es high ? thinking this would fly? Dumb! Real dumb! They should get a Darwin Award

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That's what they get for choosing their opinion over their childrens quality of life I don't agree with the sentence But... NO OUTRAGE OVER IRAQ WOMEN BEING BEAT EVERY YEAR FOR BEING RAPED????? Were is Hollywood? Russia can't afford Madonna concerts anyway Liberals in america say mind your own business and go to war with dictators???? Liberals.... GO TO HELL HYPOCRITES!!!

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Screw stink pussy riot what they did was rude not peaceful! and out of vanity not political movement... and now their kids have to suffer for their ridiculous behaviour. Immature thoughtless bitches and yea these celebrities wanna grow a heart for them pshht please empty your wallets to their kids or shut up

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@freespirit -I forgot America was perfect.

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The black keys are boycotting playing in Russia? wat a joke. who are the black keys again?

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Wow! We forget sometimes the benifits of being Americans. I agree whole heartedly with Paul McCartneys quote.

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