Pussy Riot Has Accused Bella Thorne Of Ripping Off Their Signature Ski Masks

November 16, 2018 / Posted by:

In between cleaning more than a dozen kitty litter boxes, Bella Thorne has been working on her makeup and clothing brand, Filthy Fangs. Unfortunately, Bella is going to have a hard time catching up to other 21-year-old business moguls her age, because she keeps getting accused of blatantly ripping people off. Over the summer, Bella released several Filthy Fangs eyeshadow palettes that looked a whole lot like another makeup company’s eyeshadow palette, and she was promptly called out for it. Bella’s company just released some Filthy Fangs-branded ski masks that had the members of the Russian feminist protest band Pussy Riot thinking Bella’s been up to her old tricks again.

Pussy Riot are big fans of feminism, LGBTQ rights, and generally being outspoken – all things that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin isn’t crazy about. So Pussy Riot has taken to performing in brightly-colored ski masks, or balaclavas, to obscure their identity (and hopefully avoid more prison time). Here are two examples of members of Pussy Riot performing in neon ski masks.

On Wednesday, the following picture went up on Bella’s Instagram, showing off Filthy Fangs’ newest merchandise.

The masks, listed online as the “Watch Your Bitch Ski Mask” retail for $25 each, and come in hot pink or neon green. Filthy Fangs also promoted the new masks on Instagram, which were added to the brand’s website the same day. It would be unquestionable what Bella’s intentions were if she or Filthy Fangs had captioned either of their pictures something along the lines of: “Meow, you’ll riot over these hot masks! Should you buy just one? Of course nyet!“. But right now, it’s just some cheap acrylic hats with FF sewn onto them. Still, Pussy Riot tweeted that they think Bella’s masks hit a little too close to home.

According to Teen Vogue, some Twitter users agreed with Pussy Riot, and accused Bella of copying them. Others thought it was a little tacky to copy the work of feminist/LGBTQ activists. Of course, the other side argued that they’re just neon ski masks, and no one invented neon ski masks. Bella, as always, had a very thoughtful and reasoned response to the whole situation:

It’s not known if Pussy Riot will pursue this further, but Bella could have easily explained away the situation. No, the hats aren’t inspired by Pussy Riot. They’re simply the apparel item that sums up her image: a baby that was made by Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco’s characters in Spring Breakers.

Pics: Wenn.com

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