Here’s Miguel Covering Pussy Riot’s Make America Great Again

The latest in Miguel’s recurring series of a cappella covers is Pussy Riot’s recently released track, “Make America Great Again.” The jam is off their 2016 album xxx, and though I think we can all agree that Miguel’s version is more than just a “shitty emo cover,” he is right that you gotta check out the original song—and more specifically, the video. It’s vaguely reminiscent of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” with cartoonishly bright colors sharply contrasted against the cruel, institutional backdrop of prison.

One big difference, though, is that while “Telephone” has Beyoncé chewing a Honey Bun from the driver’s seat of the Pussy Wagon, Pussy Riot’s version features clips of America’s actual president, Donald Trump, spliced among shots of activist/singer Nadya Tolokonnikova getting seared with a glowing branding iron. What a great illustration of the difference between 2010 and 2017!

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I LOVE this song and I LOVE Pussyriot. But I have to point out that it’s dudes that call the shots/run the group. I think they’re generally doing the right thing but also it is important to know that the shot callers are white dudes.