Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Stop Humouring the Humourless

I’ve often wondered the purpose of laughter. In upper primates, it has been around for roughly six million years as a mechanism to show affection and playfulness, rather than aggression and threat and yes, gorillas actually laugh when relaxed and not being eaten by Ebola ridden Africans. We possess a genome dedicated to humour, hard-wired into our social psyche – a defence mechanism to protect us from horror and false and very real threats.
We entertain ourselves in what little free time we now possess with humour and comedy. We sit transfixed as comedians parody and lampoon the great and the good and rightly reward and honour those who expose their hypocrisy and duplicity. Whether Spitting Image, Private Eye, Viz Comic or Harry Enfield and Ting Tong, we delight as the pompous and humourless are held to account by the public. Those who would rather we didn’t are naturally furious but understand thankfully that in a free society, dissent takes many forms and laughter is one of the more harmless ones.
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Our newspapers and online media are full of the most brutal political cartoons, designed specifically to offend the sensibilities of those who would rather we didn’t and simply accept their version of the planet, without question or due process of thought. I can’t think of a decent cartoonist who doesn’t receive death threats for having the audacity to point out hypocrisy. Our social and printed media is flooded with witty and satirical comments poking fun and questioning the messages our “betters” delight in broadcasting to us at every opportunity.
Compare and contrast if you will, against authoritarian societies where to even snigger at political criticism can and certainly will bring you anything from arrest to death. Regimes so insecure in their self appointed right to rule that to even entertain the thought of doubt out loud will have you branded a subversive, a seditionary, an enemy of the State or the collective to be denounced and destroyed.
Britain has a rich and illustrious history of satire. In 1695, the Government threw out the Press licensing act of 1692 designed to “prevent the frequent Abuses in printing seditious treasonable and unlicensed Bookes“ and the effect was startling. Publications could finally print critique of the ruling elite without fear of death, the public could, instead of rioting and killing in their frustration, simply laugh at the whole, ridiculous pantomime of it all. Others were not so lucky – the dictators of Europe were able to rise to unquestionable power simply because any mechanism using mass media to stop them was throttled – see the East German book of licensed jokes or Stalin’s Socialist Compendium of Satire to see where an ill timed chuckle could lead you. Unluckily for the subjects of such regimes, they failed to realise that to laugh publicly is to hold megalomaniacs to account. They were silenced by ruthless cowards who cannot accept rightful criticism in lieu of brutal oppression
Well, we’re all comedians now. We can tweet, write our own jokes, mock, jeer, lambaste and humiliate whomsoever we see fit – from the comfort of our own homes and with a few clicks of a mischievous mouse. We can expose hypocrisy, corruption, abuse of power and point the spotlight at the idiots who still feel they have the God given right to speak on our behalf. There are still those who will threaten to burn down our businesses or our houses because we may utter something they disagree with online or post a cartoon in a newspaper mocking their religion. There are still those in more brutal regimes who will shoot schoolchildren in the head for daring to have an alternative opinion than one written thousands of years ago, but we realise that they are quite, quite mad and very, very dangerous.
So go ahead and issue your fatwas, demand we be silenced, shriek and shriek until you are blue in the face that “you can’t say that, it’s offensive” because actually, yes, we can and yes, we will and your ilk have been proven to be the most dangerous people on the planet – those who cannot laugh, despite being genetically programmed by nature to do just that. To laugh is human – to crush free speech and humour is the work of inhuman monsters with no free will to ignore, or even better, counter argue or debate to defend your ridiculous position. We who can laugh will be watching you – you’ve already killed hundreds of millions in the name of an obedient, compliant, authoritarian silence that suited only you and now we will hold you to account, and ironically, this time we aren’t joking. From Pakistan to Anfield (yes, you’re reading this, aren’t you), from Syria to Martin Brunt, you will not silence us because we know how to have the one thing we were put on this planet to do – have fun.
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Here’s to the funny ones and sod the offended, no one is forcing you to listen to the beautiful sound of liberty, freedom and free speech; if you don’t like it or can’t face it or are too scared of the consequences to entertain it, don’t read it – that way lies the Gulag, Comrade.

105 comments:

@strawsonian said...

Bravo. Well said.

opsimath said...

Spot on, as you usually are, OH. Thank you.

Joe Public said...

So, so true.

Anonymous said...

Well said, sir. But will your clarion call be picked up by any politicos? Somehow, I doubt it. At present, those buffoons at the helm are totally gutless.

Radical Rodent

Aimless said...

Sure, but what's the point of doing it here when the comments section of this blog gets totally overrun by pointless queeirdos who are probably tasked to do so by GCHQ, as described by the Snowden revelations.
Even your chum Paul/Guido has restricted his comments section now.
You, OH could take his place with a proper site specifically for that purpose, instead of getting sidetracked into the twattish ego-narcistic shite that is twitter. People of stature don't use twitter. It is almost entirely populated by wankers of little importance.
So, OH, how about organising a proper site to take over where Greedo took the wrong turn? You could finance it with advertising.
(I don't really care enough any more, I've emigrated)

Anonymous said...

Back of the net.

Queeran Refill said...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-30519574

Why do the BBC feel the need to post such a prominent photo of this guy, which merely servers to emphasize his ehtnicity ?

This is yet another example of racism in the media, innit....

Anonymous said...

On TV tonight is Michael fessbender playing Bobby sands in 'Hunger' apparently the producer wanted Mr Creosote from month Pythins meaning of life to play Sands, but couldn't get him as their first choice

Ciaran Goggins said...

Wasn't Bobby Sands once voted Slimmer of the Year? The Murdering Finian Bastard.

sayadpoet said...

Amazingly well put..this is your first one that I've read..the context you've given to all those terror incidents is different and.. well a good one..

Ciaran Goggins said...

Dyengi, what is happening with the Rouble? Not that I have any free cash to visit or buy foreign currency. Will the fall in it's value precipitate Volya into rash action? Is Putin queer? I think he is. Remember Maggie Thatcher? Wonderful woman who fucked Arthur Scargill and the idle miners. Took back the Falklands, nothing like a colonial war to take minds to get support back at home. Slava Bogu!
Must away as I have to visit the food bank.

KatieOfYork said...

Nobody has the right to shout "Fire" in a crowded theatre. Likewise mocking dead kids is held to be de trop. You must be quite retarded not to have taken this on. No wonder you are popular with plod and the far right.

DerekOfJamaica said...

AS a half negro may I say how wonderful it is of you to allow mixed race perjurers and nonces a voice? Nobody else does!

FuckOff said...

Great, now this site too uses "Disqus", to track commenters.
OH, get yourself a proper site like you promised.

Ciaran Goggins said...

Might I just say that since being banned from Twitter for being an thick troll it has given me more time to concentrate on being a neo nazi racist piece of shit and full time Cont page 6. Fuck Tibet, Leonard Poulter is as guilty as sin.

Ciaran Goggins said...

Why does nobody take me seriously when I claim to be a freelance investigative journalist concentrating on olive corruption? Is it coz I have a long history of mental illness and am pro rape and pro Paedophiles like dear friends Neil Redrup and Neil Watkins?

Ciaran Goggins said...

Sorry I meant Ian Watkins the baby rapist not Neil Watkins my mental health outreach worker Neil Watkins who makes me cross and angry when he tells me to take my mess.
I wish the fecking Seals would shut up and let me sleep.

AbacusSecurity said...

Tug been in?

Ciaran Goggins said...

I go all weak at the knees at the thought of a well hung black guy filling my fat face with his man meat. I suppose I take after my mammy and sister.

Ciaran Goggins said...

He is my better which I have to accept, it such a shame he is not a rampant Cottager like me. I am so unlucky in love first Rod Liddle spurned by gay love, then Jody McIntyre .......Oooh matron what's a girl to do to get laid?

Ciaran Goggins said...

That's true when I was Monkey Adams twink he made me write to Bobby Sands and ask if I could have his sandwiches.

Ciaran Goggins said...

Problem with me is I am going to do at least a year in an Irish gaol full of PIRA pricks who will want me to be their wife. Jesus I am slack enough already!

DerekGHaslam said...

Or Simon? Cum in his porridge, razors in the shower. You will join him soon - I will be doing house calls over Xmas.

DerekGHaslam said...

Six months in HMP Nottingham?

DerekGHaslam said...

Neil Doyle, wear the uniform pay the price. Wasn't it great when Beshanivsky was slotted?

DerekGHaslam said...

How is that? You were going to jail last year? Year before that? How are all at Number Nine? Fnnr fnnr

DerekGHaslam said...

Rupee is just as bad.

DerekGHaslam said...

As a half negro whose ancestry goes back to Empire Windrush I agree!

DerekGHaslam said...

Will Maria give her Grandad "special love" this Xmas?

HaslamOfTheYard said...

Before this is deleted I'd like you all to send me a postcard. 11 Lynn rd, Southery, PE38. Or call 01366-377658 or e mail dghaslam@msn.com

AaronKosminsky said...

Is the food bank near 9 Hayes Close, Chelmsford?

AaronKosminsky said...

Can I call you on 07835436310?

Harvey Proctor said...

Simon Just,
4, Castle Green Lane,
Kendal.


LA9 6AS

helpmaboab said...

Where did Suvla15 go?

DerekHaslam said...

Dunno Bob, do you think a queer half nigger had anything to do with it?

Pastor Sauce said...

More likely someone who cannot stand rapist, Nonces and kiddie fiddlers like soon to be gaoled again Ciaran Joseph Goggins.
Repent your sins brother.

Pastor Sauce said...

Probably but it is so funny.

helpmaboab said...

The guy is running rings round you on social media, have you thought about getting a job and a life C.G?

helpmaboab said...

That's so true Pastor.

helpmaboab said...

Hartlepool FC say we don't want Ched 2up Evans the convicted rapist playing for them. The manager Ronnie Moore said...."If he gets on the park he would go a long way to getting us out of trouble and be good news for the local Premier Inn. My only worry is that he lacks ball control and cock control come to that".

QPM47 said...

C.G? Running rings? Cannot even hold this shite site. More importantly plod have now seen you as a liability not an asset.

Kanockwan said...

I hear the Garda Siochana are due to pay you a visit very soon. Still you will not have to worry about finding shitty accommodation for much longer.
I guess you will make some of your wing very happy sweet cheeks🙀

A Tosser said...

They will never take me alive in South Armagh because I daren't go near the place after I shopped some of the boys to the FRU.
I live in constant fear of my hard drive being seized. Thanks Neil Redrup.

A Tosser said...

Didn't Bobby Sands win Slimmer of the Year in May 1981?

A Tosser said...

Any thoughts on Ched Evans going to Hamburg's Red light district to star in a live Sex Revue titled Sleeping Beauty?

QPM47 said...

Don't believe all Ian Hurst says.

QPM47 said...

That Simon Tomlin's fantasy? Waiting years for plod to call. Guess hysterical e-mails from white wogs not a priority!

QPM47 said...

Is Lindsey Eastwood of Kings Lynn going to appear?

QPM47 said...

maybe, Susan Probert won slapper of the year 1971 as did Violet "Ras Clart" Stow in 1947.

A Tosser said...

Only to give evidence at the hearing when you join other locked up trolls cretin. Will you be pleading insanity as a defence again?

A Tosser said...

You will be soon be suffering the same shame and public humiliation except for longer than six months and in a manky Irish gaol.
How funny that will be, how we all will laugh at your exposure.

A Tosser said...

2012 was fun but 2015 is going to be the mother of all years for you moron. The tabloids will really fuck you. Ian P thinks you are a Cnut and JR and the Vs think you are a total liability and bad news.
You have truly descended to the lower levels of the shit stream.

A Tosser said...

Remember when you reviewed his book on amazon? Now that was funny!

A Tosser said...

Like when he says his wife frightens him more than you do?
You really are a failure, just like your junior school mistress told you all those years ago when you sat crying in the Wendy House.

A Tosser said...

I fucked Yvonne Howarth's goats and she caught me and kicked me out. Then my Essex hooker laughed when I said I just needed a cuddle as I can no longer get a hard on unless I am with young boys.

A Tosser said...

Twitter banned the prick he is on the slide, plotless brain dead, childless,jobless,asset less, homeless and no friends.

QPM47 said...

https://www.danielmorganpanel.independent.gov.uk/

HristoGrudov said...

Bulgaria pipple ver' nice.

Yvonne Howarth said...

Do you think it is wise to sto taking your mess again sweetie? Remember what happened last time and you boned my goats.

HristoGrudov said...

Bulgaria nice. No West Indians. No crime.

Yvonne Howarth said...

How is Ian P then?

Uncle Bulgaria said...

Please read my latest Twitter account before it disappears like all the others. You can find my shit @tomboy9752. Be warned it contains no adult content....Oooh matron, Free Tibet!

Uncle Bulgaria said...

Smiley Culture Mark Duggan less we forget.

Uncle Bulgaria said...

I disagree where I squat in O'Connell Street Dublin it is impossible to find social housing or a poper job if I really wanted one due to East European immigrants and darkies. So I am forced into being an age sex worker.

Uncle Bulgaria said...

Why again did smiley culture describe me as being "lower than Whale shit"? Free hand job to the first to answer.

Uncle Bulgaria said...

Any idea why nobody follows me except for a dodgy old lag who plants drugs on women for money?
I have to retweet others tweets and pretend they follow me. How sad is that ffs?

Uncle Bulgaria said...

Why am I such a Cnut?

Uncle Bulgaria said...

I have never had a proper job and at 54 years of age my life is a total failure. What is even worse people laugh at me constantly and say Ciaran you are such a waste of organs.

Uncle Bulgaria said...

For some reason he blanks me now. Perhaps he is aware that far from being an anti-corruption Maven like him, I am just a pathetic troll and cottager.

Uncle Bulgaria said...

What about plastic Welsh paddies and failed Australians?

BalliolOxford said...

Pretend they follow? Posting at 3 am? Section 136 won't save you a third time;)

Uncle Bulgaria said...

Poor little Queerham.

Fuck Off said...

So if nobody follows the subject of your queer obession, WTF do YOU endlessly spam your pointless shit here, you sad, diseased Mong?

Uncle Bulgaria said...

My mum preferred black cock according to my Dadda Shaun.

Marissa said...

'I was on aid 1989 FA Cup Final between Liverpool and Everton at the old Wembley Stadium. This was a bare four or five weeks after
Hillsborough. Grief-whoring, ticketless and pissed Scouse shit were
climbing up the sides of the Stadium to get in and being helped by their
mates already inside. Pardon me for being unfashionable, but don't ever
tell me that fans did not bear responsibility for some of what happened
at Hillsborough.' http://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/grieving-a-national-sport.223917/page-7

C J Goggins Dip.S said...

Anybody out there remember me flogging my ring at Dolphin Square? Innocent face. PIE anyone?

Uncle Bob said...

So did your father according to my good friend Ronnie

Uncle Bob said...

Yes immigrating is very popular with Brits who cannot stand being surrounded by foreigners?!!!

My nephew who pretends to be an 'Anti Corruption Mave' but is bent as a horseshoe, blames East European immigrants because at 54 years of age he has no job, no money and no future other than gaol. How queer is that?

Fuck Off said...

And you never give a proper fucking answer either! Why do you post your pointless queer hate-stalk drivel here??

Rab Campbellend said...

Ian Puddick has blocked my gormless friend.

Rab Campbellend said...


Ian Puddick has blocked my gormless friend.

Mrs R Campbell said...

Forget that Lee Jasper called you a 'Huckster who was lower than Whale dung'?

Uncle Bob said...

Who the idiot who keeps spamming people on Twitter? Talk about Billy Mates!

Uncle Bob said...

Liverpool is better known as 'Self Pity City'

HaslamQC said...

Twinned with Norfolk.

Uncle Bob said...

"I did security for Billy Bragg in Bristol once."

The reality....... I collected empty glasses in the student bar and emptied ashtrays and mopped up",.

5'3" Midget seeks security work.

Zulu67 said...

2015, bad year for Libra. Jail beckons. Porkie pies? Daddy at Harrow, Ph.D from Oxbridge, highly decorated top spy. My how the court did larf! Mammy had an Afro! See you soon.

A Saddo said...

Oooh I feel such a cnut as I prepare for amother imaginary journey to the UK from my shithole in Ireland. I know that if I really ventured there I would get lifted at the airport and ghosted around the UK and possibly tortured so New Years Eve willnas usual be spent at the hostel with other retards. I hope next year eill be better than the last 54, but I know in my bones it will be even worse!

A Saddo said...

How Gay you are could you DM me?

A Saddo said...

That can be dangerous work......picking up broken glass and mopping up pools of vomit.

A Saddo said...

That must be a pain in the arse G Oggins?

A Saddo said...

I wonder why Peter Dukes or anybody else come to that follows me on twitter! Is it coz I'm a thick dissembling pretend paddy who lives off the state coz me um a total failure like?

Uncle Bob said...

How camp C Oggins Fnrr Fnrr.

A Saddo said...

Where did tomboy go?

A Pryke said...

My last tweet of 2014.......well I got that right!

A Nonce said...

Convicted Welsh rapist Ched 'Sticky Seconds' Evans reputedly has been offered a contract to play football. Maltese team Hibernians FC. Mr Furrigia the club manager said, "We are top team in Malta with a maximum ground compacity of nearly 3000, it will be a fitting end to the young Cock Slingers career in professional football.
Ched Evans long suffering squeeze Natasha said, "where the fuck is Malta, is it in Yorkshire?"

A Saddo said...

Ched Evans and Lauren Crawford.

With crap Hartlepool United being scared off will Ched Evans ever return to top flight football? And by that I do not mean Maltese Hibernian F.C! The justified rape claim of his sweet young victim Miss X(who changed her sunrname to Yvonne Howarth and fled to Camden in London) has caused many repercussions - there is now an indication that anonymity will be returned for rape trial defendants like Ronald McDonald - by mid 2115. Poor Natasha how could the filthy Ched pervert go two's up behind her back and lubricated by McDonalds cream? Ooh matron!

A Saddo said...

I see Peter Dukes said I was a silly sock puppet! How very dare he? I am a complete prat at the very least!

A Saddo said...

Any news on the Groovy Gangs appeal? Thought not!

Fat boy Slime said...

Excellent post.

Fat boy Slime said...

Is it @strumica15? Since his membership of PIE became known everybody blanks him.

OldhamAFC said...

The Chief Constable of Essex agrees.

Fat boy Slime said...

How are all your chums? Rapists paedophiles drug suppliers murderers and perverts woggins?

Fat boy Slime said...

Twitter anyone?

Fat boy Slime said...

@strumica15 where did that go?

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