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Political standup comedy

RasheediPart of the recent political statements made by all parties is more like standup comedy with too much general speech, mockery and sarcastic criticism, and by this I do not mean one party but all of them. In their political statements or even analyses, many have been tending to use mockery, gloating, degrading or getting at others. “You get at me and I get at you,” which means sarcastically degrading each other in other Arabic dialects in what sound like a ‘verbal’ duel that most often lacks no rudeness and smallness in an endless ‘verbal war’.

I personally do not think that political situations in Kuwait have ever gone to such level of statements before - they have never witnessed this kind of continuous and small, unjustified exchange of verbal insults though many of the people doing so are well-educated and have respectable political views. This is part of the ongoing political conflict, and by the way, these types of statements are not prevalent only in Kuwait. There are other democratic countries where politicians use the same speech at varying levels, which is normal.

The abnormal thing about this is that it started unprecedentedly appearing about three years ago and started taking a political pattern imitated by everybody including some activists.

We accept this to happen in young people’s diwaniyas, but to politically act like this in public in such a manner before the whole nation is something else that can only be solved by either setting a new law to legislate ‘getting at others’ or incriminate it!

—Translated by Kuwait Times from Al-Anbaa

By Thaar Al-Rasheedi

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This article was published on 15/09/2014