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WATCH: Man Nails Testicles To Sidewalk In Protest Of Russia Becoming A “Police State”

In the thankfully blurred out video above (NSFW version here — it’s graphic and will hurt your feelings) Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky took a very uncomfortable seat to take a stand against what he described as Russian society’s development into a “police state.”

Hundreds of tourists to Moscow’s Red Square got an eyeful of political dissent when the naked 29-year-old St. Petersburg-based artist nailed his scrotum to a cobblestone outside Lenin’s Mausoleum. In a statement released to grani.ru (via The Mirror) leading up to the performance, Pavlensky explained his testicular gesture:

“A naked artist, looking at his balls nailed to the Kremlin pavement, is a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference, and fatalism of contemporary Russian society.”

Of course, the naked artist has a point. Back in June, the Russian government unanimously passed a federal anti-gay propaganda law — banning the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relationships” in the presence of children — followed by a law (also passed unanimously) banning adoptions from foreign same-sex couples.

After his latest stunt, Pavlensky was treated at a Moscow clinic and taken to a police station.

No stranger to suffering for his art, Pavlensky sewed his lips shut in 2011 to raise awareness of political rockers Pussy Riot, who were jailed for staging a protest performance in a Moscow cathedral; Pavlensky was later arrested for wrapping his naked body in barbed wire outside a government building in St. Petersburg.

h/t: The Daily Mirror

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Nov 11, 2013
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  • 15 Comments
    • BJ McFrisky
      BJ McFrisky

      Nope, no mental illness here.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 9:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AuntieChrist
      AuntieChrist

      I don’t recall Russia ever not being a police state with draconian laws and jackbooted thugs.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 9:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      Dear Lord. *crossing legs*

      Nov 11, 2013 at 9:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BitterOldQueen
      BitterOldQueen

      Well OK so watching the NSFW version certainly eliminated any possibility of that happening to me, since mine pulled right up into my body and hid somewhere behind my spleen. But seriously, this accomplished what?

      Nov 11, 2013 at 10:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tallskin2
      tallskin2

      Wot!! No Fagburn here to tell us it’s not real and is a false story????

      Come on fagburn

      Nov 11, 2013 at 10:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      @tallskin2: He’s fresh off having yet another Anti-Semitic rant against Israel, did he ever tell you how he lost his DJ job in Brighton by going off on an Israeli couple who came over for Brighton Pride in 2010.

      He did this in the middle of a nightclub.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      @tallskin2: Sorrt that was misleading. Fagburn is currently having a go at Peter Tatchell, apparantly Tatchell thinks it was Fagburn who threw a brick at his car in 2012.

      He’s also sticking up for the Daily Mail and their constant attacks on gay marriage and civil rights.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 1:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • biscuit_batter
      biscuit_batter

      I hope he has a “SAFE” word.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tripster
      tripster

      probably pierced beforehand because there would be a blood clot or something. anyways…. it took balls to do what he did

      Nov 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      @tripster: true enough. Without them he wouldn’t have had anything to nail to the ground.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ruhlmann
      Ruhlmann

      Art fart I know a fetish when I see one.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • samwise343
      samwise343

      I’ve heard of balls to the walls, but Jesus!

      Nov 11, 2013 at 11:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • samwise343
      samwise343

      @BJ McFrisky: Consider your previous posts, mental illness is right where you are, BJ.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 11:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BlogShag
      BlogShag

      Oh give us a break. With all these gore sites and porn on the “AIR”, why do we still have to deal with this silly censorship; especially based on the disgustingly offensive stuff they find ok to air on national TV?!

      Nov 13, 2013 at 1:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • manjoguy
      manjoguy

      Under the Obama administration we’re seeing the U.S. becoming a “police state” – I hope American guys don’t go nailing their testicles here to anything. I love ball sacks undamaged.

      Nov 14, 2013 at 12:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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