Some of you may have already seen this hummus-related-humor video; Elon Gold, a stand-up comedian, is talking about hummus and politic. Well, I decided I have some things toI want say about it. And for those of you who didn’t: be patient. It’s pretty annoying in the beginning, only to become VERY funny in the end.
Gold’s theory explains how come the Palestinians voted for hammas, and American elected George W. Bush. It sound perfectly reasonable – and very funny, although you might get a little upset at first (Especialy if you didn’t vote to George W. Bush.
Watch it, then read the rest of the post.
So, ironically, it turns out that Gold is an Anti-Bush activist…
Or some would probably classify him that way.I’m not that much into Anti-Bush humor myself (in Israel we have many evil politicians of ourself). Also, I don’t think W. is as stupid as some people say he is, which make some of the Anti-Bush jokes less funny and actually pretty dumb.I do think, though, that George Bush Junior is the worst president US could ever had such a time in history, when it could benefit from being not only bold, but also smart and humane and generous – which it isn’t. And that’s bad for people all over the world, not just for Liberal Democrats in Americans.Plus, I saw Fahrenheit 911 [Trailer], and “Supersize America”, and read Joseph Stiglitz‘s book (which I might talk about more in a future post). I hate Neo-Conservatism and Evangelism and Fascism – no matter what form they take, and if they occur in Israel, the US or any other place.
So is eating hummus an Anti-Bush act? In some way it is, at list for me – and maybe also for Gold, I don’t know. Because it reminds us how Palestinians and Israelis – as well as rich and poor people or Muslims and Christians – are already bound together, so they ought to have to learn to live with one another.
Bushism is about making other people more like you – so it’s about McDonald’s hamburgers. Anti-Bush kind of thought is about eating hummus, which is a demonstration of our rewarding co-existence with people and cultures different of ours.
Above all, in my eyes Elon Gold’s stand-up is beautifully naive, in a good way. His “characters” are good people, from both sides, who can’t understand whygood people elect bad leaders. This is how many people in Israel also feel about our current leadership, and also about the given alternatives.