Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Terry Jones, You Ain't Funny Anymore

Eric Idle and John Cleese plod on. Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin amuse themselves in filmography. Terry Jones provides commentary on the parts of reality that he doesn't like.

On Saturday, Terry Jones provided another gem in the Distinguished Field of Guardian Journalism, making light of the illegal capture and detainment of British sailors by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Here's a snippet:

I share the outrage expressed in the British press over the treatment of our naval personnel accused by Iran of illegally entering their waters. It is a disgrace. We would never dream of treating captives like this - allowing them to smoke cigarettes, for example, even though it has been proven that smoking kills. And as for compelling poor servicewoman Faye Turney to wear a black headscarf, and then allowing the picture to be posted around the world - have the Iranians no concept of civilised behaviour? For God's sake, what's wrong with putting a bag over her head? That's what we do with the Muslims we capture: we put bags over their heads, so it's hard to breathe. Then it's perfectly acceptable to take photographs of them and circulate them to the press because the captives can't be recognised and humiliated in the way these unfortunate British service people are.

It is also unacceptable that these British captives should be made to talk on television and say things that they may regret later. If the Iranians put duct tape over their mouths, like we do to our captives, they wouldn't be able to talk at all. Of course they'd probably find it even harder to breathe - especially with a bag over their head - but at least they wouldn't be humiliated.
Would you like a mint, Mr. Creosote?

For every reason, Jones is simply wrong, wrong, wrong (especially in his application of sarcasm - the lowest form of humour, right mum?) . One would think that a man who spent the best years of his career specializing in theatre, that he'd be able to spot a staged scene when he saw one. Apparently not.

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