Sunday, January 30, 2011

Daily humor, despot's edition

The most recent edition of Foreign Policy was oddly prescient. Maybe not in the way that they intended, but they published a full page of jokes about Hosni Mubarak. Given that the people of Egypt have had thirty years to perfect them, many of them are quite hilarious. According to the article, joking about Mubarak is sort of a national pastime, and why wouldn't it be? Imagine how much deeper and more nuanced our SNL presidential imitations would be if the actors had three decades in which to hone their craft.

Which also brings me to this hilarious Lonely Island video about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Daily Show interview with the creators of Parazit. Satire has a long and colorful history in repressive regimes (all of that great Russian literature that will make you alternately laugh and want to hang yourself! That tradition is being carried on by the satirical #kermlin Twitter feed) and there's also a reason that repressive regimes don't like satire - it's dangerous because it's true.

But because we fortunately live in a country with an open Internet, despite all the best efforts by the loonies at the FCC, we can watch funny videos that would probably get you disappeared in other countries. Which is just one of the many reasons I'm glad I'm here and not there.

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