Laughing at extremism

A recent report by Demos into violent extremism suggests the most effective way to strip the al-Qaeda brand of its glamour mystique is ‘by emphasising the incompetent and theologically incompatible side of al-Qaeda inspired terrorists – including through the use of satire’.

Its interesting that Four Lions, Chris Morris’ comedy about four violent extremists, came out at the same time.

Another good example is the web-based comedy ‘Living with the Infidels’. In a 2009 Guardian interview its creator Aasaf Ainapore said ‘it is only by ridiculing these extremists that you can hope to persuade young Muslims to turn against radicalism.”

See the first episode below:


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