Trump and Hitler don’t try to be ridiculous – 06/08/2022 – Ricardo Araújo Pereira

One of the perplexities of the modern world is how difficult it is for comedy to effectively satirize grotesque statesmen such as Donald Trump (if anything else comes to mind, say so). No one was more violently satirized, and yet he won an election. In his imagination he even won two.

It so happens that comedy has a celebrated predilection for turning things around.

Now, the world of grotesque statesmen is already turned upside down, so the operation of turning it upside down has the rather funny effect of putting things in their place. And no comedian with the least professional panache wants to say the right things.

What is fascinating about the reasoning of grotesque statesmen is precisely that it is so similar to the humorous.

That’s why, in a sense, he’s so hard to dispute — even for humor. It is possible to argue that the discourse of the grotesque statesman and the humorous discourse share exactly the same structure.

The difference is that the comedians are doing it on purpose and the grotesque statesmen are, I think, being unintentionally absurd — which is, by the way, enviable.

Therefore, the fundamental proposal of the comedians should perhaps not be to deny the ideas of the grotesque statesman, but to look at it from several points of view, to deepen it, to start from the absurd on the way to an even greater absurdity — a feat difficult to accomplish. , taking into account the level of folly at which this journey begins.

Some say that the power of humor is to draw the ridiculous mustache on the face of the grotesque statesman, to ridicule him. Those who defend this point of view forget that Chaplin was already a planetary celebrity when the world learned who Hitler was.

When Hitler came to power there was a popular song in England called “Who Is That Man Who Looks Like Charlie Chaplin?”. Hitler already knew the ridiculous little mustache and adopted it.

As we know, the ridiculous little mustache didn’t bring him down—far from it. Personally, I have no doubt that grotesque statesmen can be brought down by a scribble.

But it’s not the little mustache that the comedian draws on their lips. What brings down grotesque statesmen is a scribble, yes. They are those two little cross-shaped lines that we draw on the ballot paper.

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