More proof (if it was needed) that German humour is problematic at best

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Germany’s Angela Merkel has agreed to allow prosecutors to pursue a case against a German comedian who mocked Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan, prompting accusations she’s failed to protect free speech and has split her ruling coalition.

Erdogan had demanded that Germany press charges against Jan Boehmermann after he recited a poem about the Turkish leader in a show on German public broadcaster ZDF on March 31, suggesting he hits girls, watches child pornography and engages in bestiality.

You see, that’s not funny.   Strike 1.  

A section of the German criminal code prohibits insults against foreign leaders but leaves it to the government to decide whether to authorise prosecutors to pursue such cases.

German free speech is also rather interesting in the sense that you can’t insult a foreign leader.  Imagine that here?  No more coverage of Hillary, Trump and that guy that put his todger in a dead pig head.

This put Merkel in an awkward position.

Indeed it does.  The whole world can see the place is a messed up humourless wasteland.  They should have stuck to running the economy and making decent stuff.

She has been the driving force behind a controversial European Union deal with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees into Europe and critics have already accused her of ignoring violations of human rights and press freedoms in Turkey to secure its cooperation.

The chancellor made clear in a statement that the decision to allow prosecutors to investigate was not a verdict on the merits of the case itself.

Amazing.  A foreign politician wants someone prosecuted for trying to be funny (and clearly failing, I mean, Germany), and that country’s top politician goes, “Oh, ok.  Why not?”.

Be good for a laff, eh?

Boehmermann’s lawyer, Christian Schertz, said Merkel’s decision was “completely unnecessary”, noting that Erdogan had already filed a separate legal complaint against Boehmermann.

Oh my!  Erdogan already started legal action, and now Merkel has added another!

I have to admit I was wrong, this is indeed slapstick funny.   This is clearly meant to be funny on a totally different level.  I see that now.  It’s meta-funny.  Or, if you’re up with the popular meme:  funception.

Omer Celik, spokesman for Turkey’s ruling AK party, defended Merkel’s decision.

“Without a doubt this is the right decision,” Celik told broadcaster TRT Haber on Friday. “This is an insult against our nation and state. That person’s statements on that television channel were not criticism but direct insult.”

Well, Omer Celik.  You’re a pig’s trotter.  There.  I look forward to your legal action.

The cult comedian made clear before reciting the poem about Erdogan that he was intentionally going beyond what German law allowed.

That reminds me – remember Labour trying to ban any criticism of politicians through parody and humour?

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And that one wants to be President of da World!

Yeah.  You stopped smiling now, haven’t you?

 

– Reuters via Newshub


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