Friday, August 10, 2018

Rowan Black Adder

People are always asking. "Say, Rodge .. 
"Who is the the world's foremost actor/comedian"?                

One of Britain’s most famous comedians has defended Boris Johnson’s “joke” about the Islamic burqa face veil, calling it “funny” and “an almost perfect simile”.

Rowan Atkinson, the man behind Mr Bean and Blackadder, which frequently mocked historical and religious figures, said that the former foreign secretary should not have to apologise for offending Muslims.

Mr Johnson, a former two-time Mayor of London, compared women who wear the burqa to “bank robbers” and questioned why they would “go around looking like letter boxes” in a Telegraph column earlier this week.

In a letter to The Times this Friday, Mr Atkinson wrote:

“Sir, As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnson’s joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one.”

He also appeared to recognise that public opinion has been supportive of Mr Johnson, adding that his comparison was “An almost perfect visual simile and a joke that, whether Mr Johnson apologises for it or not, will stay in the public consciousness for some time to come.

“All jokes about religion cause offence, so it’s pointless apologising for them. You should really only apologise for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required,” he concluded. [CONTINUED]

Rowan is my choice for best actor/comedian in my life time.

Not many know of  his role in the  Maigret detective series.  He only makes two a year. Then there's Blackadder; Mr BeanStandup;  and countless other.

Boris Johnson ought need no further introduction.

1 comment:

Steve in Greensboro said...

"...Rowan is my choice for best actor/comedian in my life time..."

It is hard to argue with that. I love Blackadder. But I think the Laurie/Fry Jeeves/Wooster deserves consideration, but the entire Monty Python ouevre. Firesign, Norm Macdonald and Jonathan Winters...but other than that...

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