Bono on the Best Way to Counter ISIL: ‘I Think Comedy Should Be Deployed’


By Susan Jones | April 13, 2016 | 8:31 AM EDT

( – Bono, the Irish rock star, told a Senate hearing on Tuesday that the best way to counter violent extremism is to make fun of it.

“So I’m suggesting that the Senate send in Amy Schumer and Chris Rock and Sasha Baron Cohen,” he told a Senate appropriations subcommittee.

Bono admitted that his suggestion might sound “a little bizarre.”

“We forget how elusive maleness is in a world where materialism decides your machismo,” Bono said. “If you have no access to material things, you exaggerate your — your maleness. I think we have to think about young men — and think about that.

“And it’s funny — 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 this game before — very vain, they’ve got all the signs up there — really, it’s — it’s  show business.

“And the first people that…Adolf Hitler threw out of Germany were theDadists and Surrealists. It’s like, you speak violence, you speak their language. But you laugh at them when they’re goosestpping down the street, and it takes away their power.