by Michael Lloyd
He had uploaded a video to YouTube, in which he taught his girlfriends pug to perform a Nazi-like salute to the command “Gas the Jews”.
He incited no violence, he targeted no one. He made a joke that some found to be in poor taste.
This is an incredibly important event to keep in mind over the coming days, after British Comedian Jo Brand made a joke, live on air, on a tax payer funded network, about throwing acid on British politicians.
Certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore and they’re very, very easy to hate and I’m kind of thinking: ‘Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?’Jo Brand
The police are currently investigating the remark, but if the reaction so far by mainstream media pundits and the public-at-large is anything to go by, this event will be treated very differently.
A pattern we have seen consistently emerge over recent years is one of unidirectional outrage and suppression of speech along political lines. The BBC, with its powerful left-wing bias, immediately jumped to the defense of Brand, saying the joke on the show was “deliberately provocative as the title implies.”
However, I’m not writing this piece to support censorship or punishment of Jo Brand, but rather to point out the double standard that exists when dealing with different kinds of political jokes, and the hypocrisy in the arguments used by left-wing activists.
Jo Brands comments are the clearest and most obvious case of a joke going over the line into incitement.
Nigel Farage and other right wing politicians are being regularly attacked on the street, having milkshakes thrown at them in what has become a protesting trend cashed in on by corporations. This is not a potential or implied threat. It is an actual physical assault.
Jo Brand’s joke is not only based on the premise that these assaults are not a problem, but the punchline is in calling for escalation with acid.
Knowing that London is the acid-attack capital of the world, it’s impossible to pretend this is a simple light-hearted jest. This is humor being used to mask a real political agenda. The acid may be the absurdity that makes it a joke, but the assault is the reality on which it’s based. Jo Brand is simply indifferent to fact this could be genuine incitement.
Let’s not ignore that acid attacks are being carried out almost entirely in the name of Islam. That milkshake attacks are being carried out almost entirely in the name of left-wing progressivism, and that the people being targeted are the people trying to use speech and speech alone to fight back against these trends.
Let’s also not forget that people being imprisoned for “hate speech” has skyrocketed in recent times, most of whom lacked any direct incitement, as well as any audience or support for it to become anything real.
And yet, when a respected comedian on a taxpayer funded show makes a clear, politically motivated incitement of violence, there is a sudden influx of support, and apologism.
“It’s just a joke” we are told, after people have been fined, arrested and imprisoned for making jokes while the BBC used none of it’s clout to defend the principle of free speech.
One thing is absolutely certain; Jo Brand should absolutely have the right to make these jokes, but in doing so, she has revealed the bias and political agenda at the core of the ongoing campaign to suppress free speech across the country. If she is not found guilty of a hate crime, the truth many of us have known for years will become known to all.
“Hate speech” is just a tool used by left-wing activists in charge of media organizations across the country in order to strip away the rights of people who would oppose them.
You can say what you like, as long as you’re on the right side. Otherwise, we’ll ruin your life, your credibility, your livelihood, and leave you fearing genuine attacks in the streets, that we’ve publicized for the purpose of scaring others into silence.
Jo Brand will not endure the same fear, because she has your tax-dollars and media organizations to protect her.
I’m not upset by her joke. I’m upset that she has to stand on the throats of the British public in order to make it.