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Send comedians to battle terrorism, proposes Bono

By | Published on Thursday 14 April 2016


Bono got up in front of US Congress earlier this week and told the assembled politicians that they should do something about the global refugee crisis and violent extremism. Yes, you’re right, they probably had thought of that already. However, they probably hadn’t thought of Bono’s idea to send comedians to battle ISIS.

“Don’t laugh”, he told the Senate subcommittee before making that very suggestion, possibly concerned that the senators could be overpowered by the power of jokes themselves. “I think comedy should be deployed. Because if you look at National Socialism, and Daesh, and ISIL, this is the same thing, we’ve seen this before. They’re very vain, they’ve got all the signs up, really it’s showbusiness”.

“The first people that Adolf Hitler threw out of Germany were the Dadaists and the Surrealists”, he continued. “It’s like, [if] you speak violence, you speak their language. But you laugh at them, when they’re goose-stepping down the street, and it takes away their power. So, I’m suggesting that the Senate send in Amy Schumer, and Chris Rock, and Sacha Baron Cohen”.

“Actually, that’s not the first time I’ve heard experts on how we counter violent extremism talk about that”, responded Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “It’s one of the things that we’re looking at”.

Bono is not a qualified expert on countering violent terrorism to our knowledge. But I guess those comedians better pack a suitcase just in case. That said, on the basis of ‘Grimsby’, Sacha Baron Cohen should possibly be given some sort of office-based role.