I have been a big fan of Charlie Brooker for many years now, and I have quoted and blogged about him several times before. Brooker is an author, a journalist, as well as being a TV presenter. He is also married to the Muslim British TV presenter Konnie Huq, with whom he has 2 children.
His most recent show on TV was Charlie Brooker’s 2015 Wipe on the BBC, a 1 hour show in which he satirically reviews the main events of 2015. The show is well worth a view and below is a video link, as well as 6 of the best quotes from it. Enjoy!
Charlie Brooker: Bombing is one response to terror. Scapegoating is another. For years many have treated the entire Muslim faith as synonymous with extremist atrocities carried out in its name. There are constant calls for Muslims to denounce terror, which they do, daily, but the media finds that a bit too boring to publicize. I guess if they were denouncing it while firing an AK47 into the sky, the news might pay attention. Atrocities like Paris fuel anti Muslim sentiment still further. Of course terrorists don’t represent all Muslims any more than Greg Wallace represents all mammals. This shit is everyone’s problem. And most people instinctively know that, they even shout it at terrorist suspects.
[Clip of a member of the public saying “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv” to a would-be terrorist at Leytonstone underground tube station in London, early Dec 2015]
David Cameron: “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv” says it all, much better than I ever could, and thank you, because that will be applauded around the country.
There was this mass shooting in California, like there is everyday in America, but this wasn’t one of the normal mass shootings that a maniac does for no reason. This one was carried out by two maniacs for some ideological reason…I mean, it must be scary to think the terrorists have got so good at infiltrating America, it’s almost impossible to tell them apart from your normal unhinged maniacs. I mean, you could be calmly minding your own business, in the middle of an everyday mass shooting, and suddenly you realise it’s a terror attack.
– referring to the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, in early Dec 2015, by 2 Muslims
Dick Cheney…he’s the bloke who invented filling Muslims with water till they say they’re terrorists just to make it stop.
He [Donald Trump] says all these things that aren’t true. But loads of his followers don’t trust the media, so they believe whatever he says, so he can basically create his own mental reality and have thousands of people blindly agree with him. Actually, saying it out loud makes him sound sort of terrifying, but luckily he’s also got silly hair you can laugh at. I mean, there’s no way Hitler would have risen to power if he had some weird physical thing that made him look silly, you know like a stupid haircut or a little mousta…Oh, fucking hell!
Americans like Trump because he’s got loads of money, which is sort of their version of being clever. And he’s built all these giant buildings and written his name on them so no one else can steal them.
How do you solve a problem like Syri-ah? Syria is a hellish tangle involving a brutal regime, rival rebel factions, extremists, and vested international interests. It’s a civil war, a proxy war, an ideological conflict, and a monumental humanitarian disaster, all at the same time. Little wonder some want to treat the problem like a malfunctioning old TV: give it a bang [punches the top of the table with the side of his fist] and hope it sorts itself out.