where fuck to even start
why not just give activists a benefit of a doubt. I mean its not like us as vegans/animal rights activists dont get enough of the bullshit comebacks about caring about animals more than humans, or what about your leather shoes, or get a job...
social change is always a collection of wildly different approaches and tactics, sometimes a bit contradictory too. Artists have always been weird to me, so i will leave them alone and give their ideas and approaches a benefit of a doubt. If i agree with their politics i leave them to it. Of course their music is shit (then again, maybe it was kind of a point too) and the whole thing a spectacle (though their approach of trying not to make others into passive spectators is a good one, though you wouldnt see that from mainstream media), but that doesnt irritate me into a tirade of personal insults about the character of some people who are putting themselves on the line.
They were doing this long before it came very public, and also i have a friend who know them all personally before the whole thing blew up, so i have no reason to have a slightest doubt about their motives. They have a history of social activism, revolutionary anticapitalist organising and so on.
also really cant understand this complaining why some other issues dont get same amount of coverage - like the dynamics of media would be somehow new and suprising. In russia i think 16 anarchists have been murdered, most by right wingers, in past 10 years, im sure many of the pussy riot crew would rather have more focus on that than their case since its their former comrades - if only it was so simple. its not a zero sum game, why not rather complain about some bullshit like members of royal family getting coverage instead of X Y and Z, rather than hoping that this issue would be getting less coverage.