Boggart Blog readers know I am a fan of German stand up Henning Wehr. Many of our readers thought German comedian was a non sequitur until we introduced them to Henning.
Well now we plan to do the same for a Russian stand up comic called Vladimir Putin. Haven’t we heard that name before, you might well ask. Well yes you probably have, from his previous career as a politician and leaders of an oppressive regime of criminal oligarchs.
Val is looking forward to the day when he can quit politics however and from what we have seen so far of his satirical baiting of world leaders he will be just as successful in comedy as he has been at oppressing homosexuals and gypsies and playing mind games with American Presidents.
Vlad has an unusual technique for getting laughs mind, he does not do irony, sarcasm, wordplay or clowning, instead he goes for brutal honesty. There is a precedent for this of course, asked once what the secret of his comedy was, the great Richard Pryor said, “It’s not comedy, it’s the truth.”
For someone with a career in politics behind him Vlad Putin has a strange way of speaking straightforwardly, without all the artificial and morally superior airs one expects, not so much about his own record (which like a certain deceased disc jockey and his chariddee work, Vlad does not like to talk about)but his rivals’ shortcomings (which are graphically described by rent boy Larry Sinclair in his book Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies). We do not expect such directness from Western politicians.
Putin on Obama: What will he do if it turns out that the armed rebels are the ones who used weapons of mass destruction eh? Hmm? Will he bomb the people he has been arming?
On the western alliance with Al Qaeda terrorists: When we hear so much moralising about the brutal acts of Assad, why are Western leaders so eager to support cannibals in Syria.
You will not deny that one does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their intestines in front of the public and cameras. Are these the people you want to support? Is it them who you want to supply with weapons? Then this probably has little relation to humanitarian values that have been preached in Europe.
Warming to his theme the hard hitting Russian asked another equally important and straightforward question the sort of question so full of common sense that most Western politicians never expect to hear a fellow politician asking (and, as usual, one the Western media have failed to report on, though Arabic and far eastern media are full of it).
but wait, there’s more, he told an audience already helpless with laughter. There is another question: if it turns out that the armed rebels are the ones who used weapons of mass destruction, what will the Presdident Obama, Mr. Kerry and United States do with the rebels? Will it attack them? And what will it do with those sponsoring the rebels and supplying arms? Will it attack those states that sponsor terrorism? Will Obama and Kerry order the US military to attack themselves? Will they order cruise missile strikes on American cities?
This is spun from Putin’s remarks made in a video posted by RT (with translated soundtrack) regarding what the U.S. would do if it turns out the rebels used chemical weapons (see it here).