Hilarious. First, I read this, which invoked a similar comparison to that I made regarding the Nuremberg Trials and the International Criminal Court.
[quote=“Toronto Star”]When the waterboarding of a Sesame Street character named Gitmo can’t help but make you laugh, it’s clear a 9/11 milestone has been passed.
It’s the same cultural evolution that has allowed Harold and Kumar’s Escape From Guantanamo Bay to shoot to the top of box-office hits. The surprise success of the R-rated stoner flick that features the arrest of two hapless Americans carrying a bong on an airplane – not a bomb. There’s a pot-smoking and insecure U.S. President George W. Bush, sodomizing prison guards and a selection of xenophobic American stereotypes – all of which draw plenty of giggles.
But the growing popularity of post-9/11 satire is about more than laughs.
Political pop culture is also playing an important role in creating the legacy of the Bush administration’s Guantanamo Bay war-crimes trials. And that’s shaping up to be a far different picture than history paints of the World War II Nuremberg trials.
Guantanamo is largely being portrayed as a bad joke – especially on shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report.
Take for instance Stewart’s waterboarding last month of the supposedly long-forgotten Sesame Street character called “Gitmo,” who looks startlingly like Elmo, the red, fuzzy puppet known for his high-pitched giggle on the children’s TV program.
The Daily Show segment titled “Guantanamo Baywatch” also featured a captured photo of Gitmo made to look like the famous shot of a dishevelled Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, an alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks captured in Pakistan in 2003.[/quote]
Then I came across this absolutely brilliant political blog: Legofesto.
Now I’m thinking that Bush is a pretty fit guy and could be around for a very long time after he’s out of office. The rate at which his asinine are being repudiated and rendered grist for the tragicomic already provides reason to laugh, but who knows, maybe when he’s in he’s in his dotage, like Pinochet, he’ll find himself in the dock.
I may even make this a long bet.