Saturday, April 02, 2016

This reaching No 1 was the 90's equivalent of voting "Boaty McBoatface"

One of the perverse effects of the Internet is that bizarre things from the past can suddenly surface and generate a rash of attention.

Apparently the US has just discovered Mr Blobby, the bizarre spin-off from some of Noel Edmond's shows in the mid 90's and are reacting with horrified fascination.

The fact that this song in the video clip below actually managed to get to number one says something about this country's occasionally bizarre sense of humour - but perhaps it's not that different to people voting to call an arctic research ship "Boaty McBoatface."

I seem to recall that the Americans once tried to get one of their former allies who was now a wanted man and had sought asylum in an embassy to give himself up by playing Barney the dinosaur's "I love you" song at full volume 24 hours  a day.

Wonder if we could try the same thing by setting up speakers outside the Ecuadorian embassy and playing the Mr Blobby song until Julian Assange gets on a plane to Sweden?

No, the Ecuadorians would probably be able to find some clause under international law that said this violated their human rights.

Then again, if we provided the Iraqi Kurds with some very loud speakers and a CD of this, plus earplugs for all their Peshmerga fighters in the vicinity, and suggest they play it for a couple of days outside the next DA'ESH - held town they are trying to retake ...


Jim said...

DA'ESH may not take the matter of War crimes and the Geneva convention seriously, but we in the UK must. We have to be better than them.

"Grave breaches" of the Geneva convention, amounting to "War crimes" include.

1 - willful killing, torture or inhumane treatment, including biological experiments
2 - willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health
3 - compelling a protected person to serve in the armed forces of a hostile power
4 - willfully depriving a protected person of the right to a fair trial if accused of a war crime

Its hard to see how 24 hour recordings of Mr Blobby towards even an enemy such as DA'ESH does not constitute a "grave breach" under the first 2 clauses.

Jim said...

In short, "Boaty McBoatface." whilst showing the world the UK has a rather warped sense of humor, does not constitute a war crime.

Playing "Mr Blobby" to the enemy just might.

Chris Whiteside said...

ROFL ! :-)