Comedian Prevented From Being Unfunny In England

“The controversial French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala has been banned from the UK after one of his shows was barred in France following his branding by the government as anti-Semitic.

Mr Dieudonné had said he wanted to visit Britain to support Nicolas Anelka, a compatriot and West Bromwich Albion football player who has been charged for using the “quenelle”, a gesture created by the comedian that resembles an inverted Nazi salute and is allegedly anti-Semitic.”

—Dieudonné, a spectacularly terrible comedian (here is one of his videos, in which he performs a song called “Holocaust Pineapple” to the tune of a famous children’s song. The lyrics are basically the title of the song and a couple lines about Jews being merchants making money off the Holocaust, though at one point he does yell “Let’s go, shake your butts!”), has already been widely condemned by the French government and most people who have heard of him. Now he’s banned from England. This is a nice primer on Dieudonné, but be warned that it is very easy to fall down an internet rabbit hole and come out dripping in rage and scorn for all things French. #