Hot take from the Bono Department! Speaking before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on Tuesday, the Irish U2 frontman floated an out-of-the-box idea for fighting terrorism and providing aid in the Middle East. Here's the money quote, via Slate, followed by a clip:
"It's funny, you're going to … don't laugh, but I think comedy should be deployed. Because if you look at National Socialism, and Daesh and ISIL, this is the same thing, we've seen this before, we've seen these people before. They're very vain, they've got all the signs … it's show business. And the first people that Adolf Hitler threw out of Germany were the Dadaists and the Surrealists. It's like, you speak violence, you speak their language. But you laugh at them when they're goose-stepping down the street and it takes away their power. So I'm suggesting that the Senate send in Amy Schumer and Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen. Thank you."
Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat senator from New Hampshire, treated the idea respectfully. “Actually, that’s not the first time I’ve heard experts on how do we counter violent extremism talk about that,” she said. “It’s one of the things that we’re looking at.”
No word yet if any of the comics are on board with the idea, but Schumer at least heard about Bono's comment: