Pussy Riot Guilty Verdict: Hollywood Responds on Twitter

8:34 AM PST 08/17/2012 by Erin Carlson
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Artists such as Boy George are denouncing the Russian punk girl group's conviction on charges of "hooliganism."

Hollywood is rallying behind Pussy Riot after the Russian punkers were found guilty Friday on charges of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred."

Despite global outcry and statements of protest from Madonna and Paul McCartney, a Russian court convicted three of the band's members -- Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 -- for reciting a "punk prayer" slamming Russian President Vladimir Putin during a flash performance at a cathedral in February. They were sentenced to two years in jail.

"It's a sad day because I actually love Russia! What's happening to this great nation that it's afraid of poofs, Madonna and pussy!" Boy George wrote on Twitter.

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British singer Ellie Goulding echoed that sentiment in one word, tweeting: "Insanity."

Chiming in on the outraged Twitter-verse, actor Elijah Wood responded: "a shame to hear the Pussy Riot were found guilty, but not surprised. I truly hope their sentence is minimal. #freepussyriot."

"I can't believe sentencing #pussyriot to 2 yrs in jail.as someone who lived in Moscow and has filmed& seen inside the jails my heart goes out," said actress Mischa Barton.

Tennis champ and ex-Dancing With the Stars contestant Martina Navratilova, meanwhile, found reason to celebrate.

"Today is free pussy riot day," she wrote. "How great is that? Democracy at its best. And by imprisoning them, Putin is making it so much a bigger deal!!!"

Following Friday's verdict, former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov was among those arrested at a protest in Moscow.

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