Pussy Riot: the name of a Russian activist punk music collective has become a symbol of protest and defiance worldwide, even more so after the convictions today of 3 Pussy Riot members in a Russian court for "hooliganism." New of Pussy Riot's verdict has gone global, but one thing is conspicuously missing from the American media's reporting on the women: the band's name.

Sure, we Americans have always been a bit puritanical about provocative language on our airwaves, but the irony of our First-Amendment-defending media censoring Pussy Riot's name is unavoidable. If even Russian state television can say "Pussy Riot," why can't we?