Right to flee? Right to ask for 75%? This is all being worked out among the average person. Is it about those who make more supporting those in a society who are not transitioning fast enough or in an appropriate manner? This will be a continued debate. It may also shift and vary, though, according to feelings about a particular individual - whether policy maker or notable. The digital sphere will continue to chop this up. Meanwhile, looks like Depardieu better brush up on his Russian, no?
Gerard Depardieu, a legend of French cinema, is now a Russian citizen. President Vladimir Putin granted him citizenship after promising to do so a few weeks ago. Depardieu had previously tried to obtain Belgium citizenship in order to avoid hefty new taxes in his native France. France's president announced plans to raise the tax on earned income above 1 million euros (about $1.33 million) to 75% from the current high of 41 percent. Depardieu has faces criticism over his seeking a new citizenship but said he did not think he was being unworthy because he has paid 145 million euros in taxes over 45 years." Well, there you have it. But what do fans think?
... If [Putin] can get at least 20 millionaires to move to Russia with their wealth, they will probably setup large businesses, and eventually help Russian economy. Such malignant socialism that we are seeing in France will only lead to flight of capital. ... They cannot afford to lose investors' confidence like this. ...
Typical ... Happy to reap the benefits of the good times but not so keen to pull more than their weight when necessary. Some of these people have more money than you could spend in fifty lifetimes ... I’d be telling them not to bother coming back.
Watch for the trend to deepen and expand about artists supporting and critiquing each other globally regarding support in social justice and watch for fans to start to hold more of them accountable for using their talent and access to call attention to the change in this era. For more, check out the SmartPower podcast epiosde today at bit.ly/vLoibJ
Russian court found three members of Russian female punk rock band Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism after they sang an anti-Putin song. The women will spend three years in prison for insulting the Russian Orthodox Church and undermining public order. Celebrities have spoken in the band’s defense. Madonna performed in a Pussy Riot-style and said she was praying for them because everyone has a right to free speech. Other celebrities Paul McCartney, Sting, Bryan Adams, Moby, the Beastie Boys, Peter Gabriel, Bjork and Carrie Brownstein have also shown support for Pussy Riot. Anthony Kiedis from The Red Hot Chili Peppers wore a Pussy Riot T-shirt. Sting said in a statement on his website that he found it “appalling.” Alex Kaparanos from Franz Ferdinand called Putin the worst kind of hypocrite.
… Pussy Riot danced around in their bras and masks in a church. They weren't using their freedom of speech; they were disrespectful to all Christians in Russia. If they wanted to speak out against Putin, they could have done so on a public square. ... With these celebrities showing their support to the wrong people, the members of the Pussy Riot were smirking throughout their whole trial and verdict. They deserved the two year sentence. ...
… You cannot disagree that Madonna knows how to work the media … She is using her ability to do so to bring attention to something that we would have been unlikely to hear of … we in the UK take for granted - freedom of speech.