The Satire Paradox

The Satire Paradox

By Pushkin Industries

Revisionist History

Thursday, 18 August

In the political turmoil of mid-1990s Britain, a brilliant

young comic named Harry Enfield set out to satirize the ideology and politics

of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His parodies became famous. He wrote and

performed a vicious sendup of the typical Thatcherite nouveau riche buffoon. People

loved it. And what happened? Exactly the opposite of what Enfield hoped would

happen. In an age dominated by political comedy, “The Satire Paradox”asks whether laughter and social

protest are friends or foes. 

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