Asides attempting to secure a conviction by arguing that a hyperlink posted to a blog page constitutes sending grossly offensive material, the prosecution will also have to persuade the judge that the content of my songs is indeed grossly offensive.
A difficult task, when there exists no legal definition of grossly offensive, not to mention an array of examples which would suggest that it is I, myself, who is being targeted rather than my songs.
As previously mentioned in one of my recent posts, it would seem perfectly kosher for a Jew to sing Throw The Jew Down The Well. OK, so let’s admit for argument’s sake that this is acceptable – confirmed recently by Larry David’s monologue which mocks Jewish stereotypes following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Nevertheless, when it comes to the Goyim daring to step into such territory, it would appear that certain mischievous culprits are granted a kind of deferential immunity whereas others – yours truly, in particular – are not. Take Ricky Gervais. Back in 2012, Gervais made headlines with a comedy routine about Anne Frank. I won’t go into too much detail here, only to say that there was the all-too-predicable outcry from certain quarters along with the usual demands that Gervais apologise and show reverence to our rulers.
To Gervais’ credit, he did not apologise, although he did make a half-hearted attempt in the Jewish Chronicle to claim that his own ignorance was in fact the butt of his Anne Frank jokes. In the same article, as well as on Twitter, Gervais says that it’s fine to joke about any subject:
Is it significant that since 2012, Gervais seems to have booted out references to Anne Frank from his routine? Indeed, Gervais also seems keen to reassure his paymasters that he won’t be touching certain subjects in future, which is a shame, especially following last year’s scoop – as cited in my song (((Survivors))) – that Anne’s father, Otto, would have co-authored his daughter’s famous diary.
More of Gervais’ ostensibly grossly offensive moments came in 2011 with his Father and Daughter sketch, as with Liam Neeson’s guest appearance on Life’s Too Short. Almost eight years down the line, Gervais still rightly observes that apologising is simply not an option:
But hang on! A Gervais fan hungry for more? I’m ready to wager that this fan risks disappointment. Maybe someone could direct @Europids to my songs? Doubtful Gervais would oblige. He knows on which side his bread is buttered.
So, the six million dollar question: how come Ricky Gervais hasn’t landed himself in court for jokes about Anne Frank and the ‘Holocaust’? Is it because he has 12.9m Twitter followers? Is it because my detractors realise that targeting a celeb like Gervais would hinder their objective?
Imagine the public outcry if Gideon Falter went after someone like Gervais. Falter wouldn’t last a nano-second before being metaphorically hung, drawn and quartered in the name of Good Old British Satire And Freedom Of Artistic Expression. Imagine the press coverage – a celeb dream come true, with the guarantee of yet more sold-out shows, triple-fold merchandise sales, not to mention becoming a legendary folk hero.
Does Gervais have the guts to come out and support me – persecuted and prosecuted for singing satirical songs about Jews, for which I will never apologise? My guess is that he will not. As with Joan of Arc, it will take the courage of a lone woman to bring down the House of Cards. When that happens, I will surely have the last laugh.