Shock Horror: Folklore of Disaster 8


SHOCK HORROR: The Folklore of Disaster


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© Warren Fahey

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Whilst the jokes tend to be the usual throwaway type the Photoshop illustrated jokes were more likely to reinforce American patriotism and, in the case of those directly related to New York, they were pugnacious and defiant.

Folklore has a way of manipulating popular culture to produce a unique humour. This is not surprising considering the enormous impact television has on our lives. It is the one aspect of our everyday life that supplies a thread. We receive the majority of our news, views and entertainment from it and, because of its immediacy, we allow ourselves to be mentally manipulated by it. In truth we should be far more discerning with our viewing use however this appears to be a very big ask. Hence we use it to create a special brand of folklore. It is interesting to note that one of the first responses by the television media was to cancel all comedy programs including late night variety shows that depend on topical humour.

The modified image of British actor Rowan Atkinson’s alter ego Mr Been was one of the earliest circulated Photoshop items. This is particularly surprising as the actor is not well known in North America. Could this have been a British or Australian modified photograph? Whatever the case it appears to have set the field for the many television-inspired illustrations to follow including our very own bananas in pyjamas.

Subject: AFGHAN TV GUIDE

  AFGHAN TV GUIDE

MONDAYS:
8:00 – Husseinfeld
8:30 – Mad About Everything
9:00 – Suddenly Sanctions
9:30 – The Brian Benben Bin Laden Show
10:00 – Allah McBeal

TUESDAYS:
8:00 – Wheel of Terror and Fortune
8:30 – The Price is Right If Osama Says Its Right
9:00 – Children Are Forbidden From Saying The Darndest Things
9:30 – Afganistans Wackiest Public Execution Bloopers
10:00 – Buffy The Yankee Imperialist Dog Slayer

WEDNESDAYS:
8:00 – U.S. Military Secrets Revealed
8:30 – When Northern Alliance Attack
9:00 – Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pita Bread
9:30 – Just Shoot Everyone
10:00 – Veilwatch

THURSDAYS:
8:00 – Matima Loves Chachi
8:30 – M*U*S*T*A*S*H
9:00 – Veronica’s Closet Full of Long, Black, Shapeless Dresses and
Veils
9:30 – My Two Baghdads
10:00 – Diagnosis: Heresy

FRIDAYS:
8:00 – Judge Laden
8:30 – Funniest Super 8 Home Movies
9:00 – Who’s Terrorist is it Anyway?
9:30 – Achmed’s Creek
10:00 – No-Witness News

 

TALEBAN T.V.

6.00 G-Had TV. Morning prayers.
8.30 Talitubbies. Talitubbies say “Ah-ah”. Dipsy and Tinky-Winky repair a Stinger missile launcher.
9.00 Shouts of Praise. More prayers.
11.00 Jihad’s Army. The Kandahar-on-Sea battalion repulse another attack by evil, imperialist, Zionist backed infidels.
12.00 Ready, Steady, Jihad! Celebrities make lethal devices out of everyday objects.
12.30 Panoramadan. The programme reports on Americas attempts to take over the world.
13.30 Xena: Modestly dressed housewife. Xena stays at home and does some cooking.
14.00 Only Fools and Camels. Dhal-Boy offloads some Chinese rocket launchers to Hamas.
14.30 Green Peter. The total of Kalashnikovs bought by the milk bottle top
appeal is revealed.
15.00 Madrasah Challenge. Two more Islamic colleges meet. Bambah Kaskhain
asks the questions.’Starter for ten, no praying.’
15.30 I Love 629. A look back at the events of the year, including the
Prophet’s entry into Mecca, and the destruction of pagan idols.
16.00 Question Time. Members of the public face questions from political and religious leaders.
17.00 Koranation Street. Deirdrie faces execution by stoning for adultery.
17.30 Middle-East Enders. The entire cast is jailed for unislamic behaviour.
18.00 Holiday. The team go on pilgrimage to Mecca. Again.
18.30 Top of the Prophets. Will the Koran be No.1 for the 63,728th week running?
19.00 Who wants to be a Mujahadin? Mahmoud Tarran asks the questions. Will contestants phone a mullah, go ‘inshallah’, or ask the Islamic council?
20.00 FILM: Shariah’s Angels. The three burkha-clad sleuths go undercover to expose an evil scheme to educate women.
21.30 Big Brother. Who will be taken out of the house and executed this week?
22.30 Shahs in their Eyes. More hopefuls imitate famous destroyers of the
infidel.
23.30 They think it’s Allah over. Quiz culminating in the ‘don’t feel the
Mullah’ round.
0.00 When Imams attack. Amusing footage shot secretly in mosques. The
filmers were also secretly shot.
12.30 a.m. The West Bank Show. Arts programme looking at anti-Israel
graffiti art in the occupied territories.
1.30 Bhuffi the Infidel Slayer.