“In ‘Shoot The Pussy Riot,’ It’s Not Just The Graphics That Are Primitive”

One of (an unreasonable many) radical, nationalist, conservative “youth groups” in Serbia–the same brand as the Milosevic-supporting hooligans that just last year sacked Belgrade at its attempt to throw a Pride Parade, and still today continue to oppose the progress of Kosovo as a sovereign state–brings you a new video game (as high in quality as they are). It’s called “Shoot the Pussy Riot–Death to Enemies.” 

Yes, you were ready to join the world in protest against Putin’s oppressive politics, had a reason to find solidarity with Madonna, but wait: not the world. The world minus Serbia.  

Though the Ruski Czar was my favorite restaurant in Belgrade, I had trouble accepting the political support Serbia unquestionably provided to Russia. When I lived in Belgrade in the winter of 2010, some people made half-compelling arguments about why Russia, one of a handful of countries that does not recognize Kosovo as a legitimate state, is right in not doing so. It’s possible to think of Serbia-Russia relations as a toxic high school friendship:

Serbia has potential to be cool, but also a history of having screwed some people over. And while it was in the midst of the screwing over of people, its demonstrations of calculated evil strengthened Russia’s admiration of it. And Russia, the powerful bully with a stomp, had nothing to lose by taking Serbia by the hand and down the road it had paved for itself. I imagine Serbia was flattered by the attention.

Serbia’s recent cognizance that it can walk along fine on its own–strut, even–has not been enough to cause it to loosen its clutch on Kosovo. So, continuing to hold Russia’s giant, calloused hand, it is safe from having to do any letting go of its own. Especially because, in its fathomable paranoia, it expects America (the other cool popular one) to try to take over the world–and there’s no way they’ll be part of a regime that once initiated the bombing of their beautiful capital. They’re sticking with Russia.

It’s simple, really, but you’re better off to treat it as fiction.

Here’s the article from Radio Free Europe:

http://www.rferl.org/content/shoot-pussy-riot-serbia-video-game-nasi/24679204.html

 

 

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