Satire is important as it gives us the opportunity to laugh at things that would not normally be made fun of. Things that may have become so inflated with their own self importance that they need to be punctured with the stinging barbs of comedy.
But obviously the people who are the target of these barbs are not always amused by them. Their fear that the barbs may contain more truth and honesty than the things they represent, drives them on to commit strange acts.
Our reporters were in France chatting with some people who weren’t overly happy with the idea of free speech.
Hello! Guys thanks for agreeing to meet us this afternoon.
We agreed to meet because you said you were part of a great international news corporation. What is this Back and to the Left news?
We’re a internet based news medium with a potential audience of millions, but a general audience of about two.
This is not what we wanted-
Can’t always get what you want. Soooooooo you look like a bunch of serious dudes what’s hanging?
The bodies of those who dare oppose the great-
Sorry can I just stop you there.
What is it?
I got a text from my mate that Motherwell have just gone a goal up. You were saying?
Yes. The mocking of our great-
Bugger they’ve equalised!
Are you mocking me? Ignoring our message so that you can find out the score of Scottish football.
It’s a interesting season, what with no Rangers, Hearts or Hibs in the top flight. Aberdeen could win it you know?
We are here to talk about the rights and wrongs of free speech not the prospects of Aberdeen winning the SPL.
Of course we are. Apologies. Free speech is awesome. We can have a pop at Cameron, Americas war on terror, Islamic Fanaticism-
At this moment the men stood up and started waving their arms about frantically. Were they trying to attract seagulls? Possibly.
No you cannot! This is why we rise! Why we bring the war of the-
Whoa! You can’t seriously expect us not to take the piss out of extremism? Or radical idiots using the veil of a religion to mask acts of brutality? Guy’s it’s comedy gold.
The bitter struggle of the people is not “comedy gold”.
Bitter struggle? These are the same guys who condone mass rape, murder of children, shooting civilians and probably plan on banning dogs from wearing sunglasses on a Tuesday?
You see the acts that are committed in the name and you still choose to laugh?
Rather laugh than cower in fear as ranting nutter’s tell women they don’t have equal rights.
You are corrupt.
That’s as maybe but we value your right to say it, we allow you to decry our beliefs and life choices. Surely as a common human courtesy you should allow us to do the same?
Never! There are some things that should never be mocked.
Magic wizards in the sky should not be exempt from mocking!
We realised we were standing on the table while we were yelling this and a number of other people had moved slowly away from us. it felt like the Dungeons and Dragons tournament we got kicked out of earlier in the week.
This interview is over!
And we walked away.
A very brave man once published a cartoon and the other day he and his friends were shot in the head whilst they had their morning coffee. God or belief (in whatever form you can gain comfort from) is not represented by people or by their actions. Individuals are represented by their own actions.
You should not be murdered for satire.