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Rowan Atkinson and the 'new intolerance'


Free speech in Britain just might be saved . . . by a comedian who wants to preserve our right to make fun of each other. Rowan Atkinson, of "Mr. Bean" and "Blackadder" fame, is garnering the support of everyone from The Christian Institute to The National Secular Society for his campaign to repeal Britain's new law against insulting language. (H/T Alicia Cohn)

I would expect no less from the man who once called the Scarlet Pimpernel "the most overrated human being since Judas Iscariot won the A.D. 31 Best Disciple Competition," and William Pitt the Elder "about as effective as a cat-flap in an elephant house."

Comments:

You're absolutely right, Jason, but Blackadder would never admit it. Irreverence toward great historical and literary figures is his stock-in-trade.
I should think acquiring a global empire DOES get William Pitt the Elder at least a few marks for effectiveness.