The Week in Comments: Exclaim!'s Reader Feedback Roundup with Pussy Riot, Dave Mustaine, Alex Cuba

The Week in Comments: Exclaim!'s Reader Feedback Roundup with Pussy Riot, Dave Mustaine, Alex Cuba
On top of the usual reviews, updates and multimedia on Exclaim.ca, there were quite a few politically charged stories in music news this week. As a result, the comments poured in, and we've gathered up some of the most notable ones in our Reader Feedback Roundup.

First, Russian activist group and punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after publicly denouncing Vladimir Putin at a church in Moscow. This verdict sparked worldwide outcry, so we put together a sampling of reactions from prominent musicians.

We mentioned Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe's criticism of Paul McCartney and his statement that Pussy Riot "are not a band. they don't play music, shows, or have records." This prompted Matt to say, "Anton Newcombe ladies and gentlemen. still irrelevant and still a moron..." Newcombe himself shot back at Matt saying, "you have zero idea why I commented on Sir Paul's support for this group of activists and missed the point. Ask me what i think, but you don't have your facts straight, and you don't speak for me." A debate then ensued in the comments section about whether Pussy Riot are a band or not, and whether it even matters given the issues of free speech raised by their protest and subsequent imprisonment.

Next, at a concert in Singapore, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine accused President Obama of "staging" recent mass shootings in the United States, such as at the premiere of Dark Night Rises in Aurora, CO, and the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI. On Facebook, we asked our Fans what they thought about this, and the vast majority agreed that Mustaine's conspiracy theories are not to be taken seriously.

"I think he's an idiot," said Diogo Rodrigues, and Dan Walker added, "I think it's incredible Megadeth had an audience to speak to in 2012." John Bruce joked, "He should be put on a desolate island with Ted Nugent and Axl Rose. I foresee them all eating each other within a month," while Alex Pelchat took a more serious tone saying, "This statement is insanely disrespectful to the victims."

Finally, we posted an English version of the Spanish title track for Cuban-Canadian songwriter Alex Cuba's upcoming album, Ruido En El Sistema, or "Static in the System." This brought out a slew of responses in both languages from people excited about the record's October 2 release date.

"I love how Alex explores new paths instead of just running with an already successful formula. It is this kind of groundbreaking spirit that has gotten him this far and put him in a class all by himself," said Natalie Herman. Meanwhile, Sergio Enrique Bracho Gon said, "Excelente trabajo brother, estoy seguro que sera un excelente disco y sin duda este tema uno de mis favoritos!" which translates to "Excellent work, brother, I'm sure this will be a great album and this theme is certainly one of my favorites!"

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