Bono participated in a Senate subcommittee hearing today regarding “causes and consequences of violent extremism and the role of foreign assistance,” as Pitchfork points out. A foremost authority on the Middle East, the Irish rocker proposed an unusual way of combating extremist groups such as ISIS and Boko Haram: the mighty weapon of … comedy. As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine, but Bono was completely serious in his proposal.
“I think comedy should be deployed,” he said. He explained further: “The first people that Adolf Hitler threw out of Germany were the dadaists and surrealists. It’s like, you speak violence, you speak their language. But you laugh at them when they are goose-stepping down the street and it takes away their power.”
Below, watch a portion of Bono’s Senate testimony courtesy of Mashable:
(For what it’s worth, Schumer was pretty shocked by the idea.)