John M. Becker

Required Watching: Colbert Interviews Pussy Riot

Filed By John M. Becker | February 07, 2014 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: feminism, Pussy Riot, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Russian propaganda law, Sochi 2014, Sochi Olympics, Stephen Colbert, Vladimir Putin

pussy-riot-colbert.jpgLate-night faux-conservative comedy sensation Stephen Colbert hosted two recently freed members of the feminist, anti-Putin Russian punk band Pussy Riot on The Colbert Report on Tuesday.

Accompanied by a translator, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina -- former political prisoners -- appeared on the show to discuss Putin's crackdown on basic LGBT rights, the Sochi Olympics, and prison conditions.

The interview was brilliant. If you haven't seen it yet, you must (it's after the jump). If you have, watch it again. The ladies were incredibly witty and fun, and even through a language barrier managed to go tit-for-tat with Colbert.

When he asked them why Putin threw them in jail? "We sang a fun song in a church."

After Colbert joked that he'd be editing out any negative references they made to his "friend" Vladimir Putin, they said they were making their own recording of the broadcast. Colbert replied that he'd be sure to have them fully searched before leaving the building, to which Tolokonnikova responded, "We've had two years of practice hiding things from searches."

Colbert: why are you going against someone like Putin who's just trying to preserve the peace and bring Russia into a bright future? The response? "We have different ideas about a bright future, and we don't want a shirtless man on a horse leading us into that bright future." The audience roared.

When it was time to take a commercial break, Colbert enquired whether they had commercial breaks in Russia as well. Tolokonnikova replied, "We only have commercials for Putin the great."

And so it goes. The entire interview is amazing. Watch both parts, after the jump.

Part 1:

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