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Pussy Riot Takes America by Storm—via ‘Colbert Report’

Pussy Riot

From left to right, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich sit in the defendant's cage at their trial in 2012. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

It’s being hailed as one of the great TV segments of the season: two members of Pussy Riot interviewed by Stephen Colbert on his Comedy Central show last night. As one wag—Jeff Jarvis—pointed out on my Twitter feed, it’s amazing that they were even very funny despite the need for translation. Mediaite commented, “Pussy Riot Gives the Funniest, Best Colbert Report Interview Ever.”

The young women, in prison not long ago, felt free to mock Putin and the whole idea of a man on a horse with his shirt off leading their country. But they had a fun give and take with Stephen throughout, while making serious points about human rights and the “gay crackdown” in Russia. Asked why they decided to call themselves Pussy Riot they explained that it was simply to allow English speakers to have some fun saying it. Here’s Part I and Part II. Hey, they might get their own US show after this…

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