Tagged: ridicule

Kurds make fun of ISIS in this parody video

Kurdish comedians make fun of ISIS terrorists and their abnormal affection for goats in a popular TV video. Made available with English subtitles by MEMRI, the video, aired on Kurdish television in October, is a four-minute musical skit of bearded men in front of an ISIS flag, playing air guitar with an AK-47 and singing about all the worthlessness and...

Why aren’t we making fun of our enemies’ attraction to donkeys and goats?

Our Islamist extremist enemies around the world frequently engage in bizarre behavior that we can exploit simply by making fun of them. At issue is the jihadis’ inordinate sexual attraction to donkeys and goats. In addition to little boys. Made public for all the world to see, the behavior could become a real source of pain for the enemy. Pictures...

Muslim Brotherhood can’t take a joke – so let’s keep joking

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi depended on protesters to ridicule the regime he targeted in Egypt, but now that he has become the Egyptian regime, he’s showing he fears the power of ridicule as a political weapon. Morsi had local comedian and satirist Bassem Youssef set up to be prosecuted for “insulting” him (and Islam) on March 30 of this...

Egyptian Islamists fear comedian’s jokes

Egyptian Islamists are so fearful of jokes undermining their authority that they have taken action against a popular comedian. Their action to prosecute funnyman Bassem Youssef, who modeled his program after Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, shows yet again how satire and ridicule can be potent weapons against Islamist intolerance. Youssef (not to be confused with a litigious FBI agent of...

Cult of personality and satire surround Putin’s 60th birthday

The Russian government is outdoing itself with a Cult of Personality campaign to mark the 60th anniversary of strongman Vladimir Putin – an event that coincides with the sixth anniversary of the unsolved murder of Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya. The former KGB man, once known among his colleagues by the nickname “Stasi” for his work with the East German secret...

British cartoonists show a weakened, over-apologetic USA

Political cartoonists from our nation’s closest foreign ally are skewering the US and its leadership over perceived weaknesses toward Islamist extremists – and Muslims in general who seek to dictate their views. British cartoonists are shredding the White House for what the satirists see as an acommodationist, over-apologetic attitude that diminishes the prestige and credibility of the US around the...

Comedian who lampooned Islamists is murdered in Mogadishu

A prominent Somali comedian who regularly made fun of Islamist extremists was murdered in Mogadishu. Abdi Jeylani Malaq, known popularly as “Marshale,” ridiculed the al-Shebab insurgents as part of his comedy routine. The assassination shows the power of ridicule against Islamists and other rigid ideologues – as well as the dangers in standing up to them. Marshale is one of...

British cartoons during the American Revolution

This fine electronic collection of historical British political cartoons has just come to my attention. The cartoons and sketches parody and otherwise skewer the American Revolution and its allies. This file contains more than 150 British political cartoons concerning the American Revolution. Each is accompanied by an archivist’s description. The two sample cartoons are representative: One shows American savages hanging...

Serbian student leader draws parallels between Iran’s protests and movement that ousted Milosevic

A leader of the opposition movement that overthrew the Serbian regime of Slobodan Milosevic has been a friend of the Iranian freedom cause and sees many parallels between the two struggles for freedom. [From IranChannel.org] Ivan Marovic (pictured) is a leader of the Otpor nonviolent resistance movement, and has been a champion of using nonviolence against dictatorships. He traveled to...

Libyans finally get to laugh at Qaddafi

With Muammar Qaddafi on the run as his regime falls to the Libyan people, ordinary citizens who lived under more than 40 years of dictatorship can finally laugh at the man who tormented them. Time magazine covers the story from the dusty town of Tobruk, where a group of Libyans crowd around a television in a roadside cafe to watch...