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I just watched Louis Theroux and the most hated family in America. The scariest thing I have seen on television since Richard Dawkins’ two part God-bashing diatribe last year. They had signs declaiming that Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Princess Diana were “fag-enablers.” They picket the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq with signs saying “God hates fags” and so on. Scary scary stuff. The unshakable, bullet proof conviction of the people was genuinely terrifying. It would have been hilarious if it hadn’t been so menacing. Chris Morris would never have dreamed up something so absurd, so ridiculous. They had little kids of seven holding signs saying “Thank God for IEDs” (IEDs; Improvised Explosive Device are roadside bombs responsible for a large proportion of the casualties in Iraq and Afganistan) Louis Theroux is great though. He has such a wonderfully unshakable air of mild bemusement. He’s a bit of a hero for putting up with those scary people for so long. I would not have been able to take it. I’d have run away…


Written by Seamus

April 1, 2007 at 10:16 pm

Posted in tv

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