Sunday, November 8, 2009

Will the last person with a sense of humor in Great Britain please turn off the lights.

They must be having a contest for what country is the most stifling, insufferable  example of political correctness.  Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner.  It's Great Britain or shall we call it once Great Britain.

Benny Hill.  Sleazy purveyor of porn 
and harassment in the workplace. 
Shown here with a bevy of his poor victims 
of a hostile work environment.

Like our illustrious post office Britain's postal service (called The Royal Mail) picks stamps to commemorate certain aspects of British life.  This time they were looking to honor the 50th anniversary of ITV, and who better to be the face of ITV than Benny Hill whose program ran on ITV for 20 years.  For those of you that may be unaware Benny Hill was a rotund comedian who made a career out of skits that for the most part had one punchline. That punchline was that some comely lass would somehow end up in her underwear.  And at the end of the show Benny would usually be chased by a gaggle of comely lasses in, yes, their underwear.  That's it.  The humor was somewhere on the level of The Three Stooges, but as the Brits usually describe it...saucy.

Saucy, eh?  Well, that was all a little too much for the thin-lipped humorless drudges at The Royal Mail committee.  It was thumbs down for Benny.  The official reason?   "Benny Hill had been included in previous presentations but concerns were raised by our Public Relations team as it was in direct opposition to company's policies on harassment in the workplace."  The language of joy killing bureaucrats everywhere.

Coming soon to a country near you. 

Now Benny Hill may not be everyone's cup of tea.  My taste in British humor runs to Monty Python's Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers but Benny Hill is much beloved over there and believe me if The Benny Hill Show is too saucy to rate a postage stamp then something like Friends is hard core porn.

There really are people in this world that live in dire fear that someone, somewhere may be having a good time.

Here's a little taste of Benny Hill.  Watch it if you dare.  Or while you still can.

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