American television network CBS is planning a comedy series based on the attacks; talk show hosts are packing
their punch lines once again on prime time, and onion, a leading satire site, is back at its lampooning
Even as people in America try and get their lives back in order, the
Internet humour brigade has long moved into full gear trying to put those
smiles back on everyone's faces.
While tons of sites sprang up on September 11 denouncing terrorism, another
set of sites unleashed their own unique perspectives on the events. Closet
technicians, pranksters and jokers: everyone jumped aboard.
The fun began with redone or doctored pictures making the rounds via email.
There was Osama performing a qawwali with President Bush at a 'Musharraf
Memorial' concert, the Statue of Liberty wearing a veil, a new WTC with holes to let planes
through, the Manhattan skyline sporting domes to indicate a Talebanisation
of the US, George Bush sporting a white, flowing beard.
New maps of Afghanistan sprang
up, along with images of a pissed off American eagle, Osama toilet
beer, and new cockpit
There were limericks, too ("A closet drinker of fine wine/ Aiding the US,
Pervez thought was fine/
One night while drinking in his den/ Quietly came in bin Laden/ And shot him
with a carbine"), and a lot of parodies in the
form of reports like: 'Militant moderates stage massive lack of protests',
'Hockey provides welcome respite from violence', and 'Small investors urged
to remain calm, leave panic to the professionals'.
Then there are other individual efforts. Like the random war generator. What it does is generate fabricated
news reports constantly while a 'who needs CNN after all' banner stares at
you from a corner of the site.
Another one is terrorist or not, a spoof on
are you hot or not which lets you decide whether
the most wanted man in the world is, according to a poll, a ruthless
criminal or na´ve onlooker. You can rate his picture too, while you take
And let's not forget jokes: Whaddya call Osama when he gets out of jail?
Osama bin Pardon, of course.
To some, all this may seem incredibly insensitive. Others say laughter is
the only thing that can heal at times like these.
Maybe it really is time to smile again. After all, George Dubya Bush and Osama bin Laden aren't just a President and a terrorist any more.
They're also a couple of new generation cartoon heroes.
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