Bono Thinks The U.S. Should Deploy Comedians To The Middle East To Fight ISIS
Bono, the U2 frontman, believes that the United States should seriously explore sending the best comedians to the Middle East in a bid to undermine the likes of ISIS.
Bono, Comedy & ISIS
Bono attended a Senate subcommittee meeting on Tuesday, April 12, in which he delved into the ongoing issues in the Middle East and the escalating refugee crisis. The Irish singer took the opportunity to address the subcommittee and to offer his suggestion that comedy should be used as a way to fracture ISIS and other terrorist groups.
“Don’t laugh. I think comedy should be deployed,” Bono said. “It’s like, you speak violence, you speak their language. But you laugh at them when they are goose-stepping down the street and it takes away their power.”
He added, “So I am suggesting that the Senate send in Amy Schumer and Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen, thank you.”
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire conceded that experts on the matter have suggested the possible use of comedy in counter-terrorism efforts in the past – and that it’s a strategy that is currently being considered.
“Actually, that’s not the first time I’ve heard experts on how do we counter violent extremism talk about that,” Shaheen said. “It’s one of the things that we’re looking at.”
If the U.S. does eventually decided to send a few comedians to battle ISIS, Schumer, for one, might prefer to stay home.
Holy shit https://t.co/Hzn4KNloAh
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) April 12, 2016