U2 front-man Bono came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, April 12th, and called for members of Congress to take swift action to deal with the global refugee crisis and violent extremism. Appearing before a Senate subcommittee, Bono suggested that comedy be used to fight extremist groups. (You are not reading an article from “The Onion,” I promise you. The writing is mine, and this actually happened).
"It's like, you speak violence, you speak their language. But you laugh at them when they are goose-stepping down the street and it takes away their power," he said. "So I am suggesting that the Senate send in Amy Schumer and Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen, thank you."
Yes, we all recall how Islamic “extremists” are famous for their robust sense of humor, Charlie Hebdo aside. But, “you laugh at them when they are goose-stepping down the street and it takes away their power?” Perhaps Bono meant that we should make fun of those deeply upset by the continuous Islamic terrorist assault on the West. You know, those Trump and Cruz supporters who favor immigration reform. Those “fringe-groups” on the right in Europe that some think are on the verge of bringing back the NAZI party. Those who are simply tired of beheadings and car-bombings or theaters, coffee houses and airports being blown up.
Let’s give Bono the benefit of the doubt and say he was talking about ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and the like. He thinks we should cease and desist with military attacks and try to win them over with comedy. Let’s examine how this might be carried out, shall we?
Chris Rock: “So, you there…Islamic extremist…how many infidels does it take to change a light bulb?”
Islamic extremist: “What’s a light bulb?”
Sacha Baron Cohen: “Have you heard the one about the 72 young virgins that await you in Paradise?”
Islamic terrorist: [Silent].
Sacha Baron Cohen: “Well, they are to die for!! Ha, ha, thank you gentlemen and gentlemen…really, you’re too kind!”
Amy Schumer: “So this lesbian walks into a mosque and- hey, what are you doing?!! That’s my neck, stop---“
Sorry Amy, but honestly… you weren’t even wearing a burka!
People who think beheading is a good way to get others attention, who routinely bomb civilian venues, who believe they have the duty to convert, enslave or kill those that aren’t of their religion- and who use kids as weapons of mass destruction- are not going to be amused, persuaded or dissuaded by…humor.
What’s next, Slash lecturing Congress on immigration reform? Prince admonishing the House on fiscal policy? Beyonce’ urging the Senate to pass a law making it a crime to be caucasian? Miley Cyrus discussing tariffs?
What a joke.