The parable of The Good Samaritan

Posted On: Monday - August 3rd 2020 5:10AM MST
In Topics: 
  Humor  Political Correctness  Bible/Religion

It's only a parable, after all ...

An anonymous commenter on an iSteve thread embedded in this 2 minute sketch that could have been one of the best of Monty Python. The English accents are very much the same, to me, at least. The actors are different, so I had to look this one up.

This sketch if from the British show That Mitchell and Webb Look*. It was only on TV from '06 until '10. If youtube has more sketches or full episodes (which are just made of sketches anyway), I will be entertained for days.

I'm amazed this is from only a decade ago, as this one makes fun of the Political Correctness, and it's Jesus pushing the race realism here. Uh, oh, maybe that was the agenda, to imply something or other... I won't take it that way though. For something not at all completely different from Monty Python, here is one of the most hilarious videos I've seen in quite a while:

You know, because of that ending, I feel obligated to give some equal time to Monty Python, as this "he's making it up as he goes along" bit from The Life of Brian is equally hilarious. This clip may have appeared on Peak Stupidity already, and it's likely to appear again.

* That's the Wiki page. The IMDB site has this page.

Wednesday - August 5th 2020 9:29AM MST
PS That was very enjoyable. As a speaker of Midwestern American English (with perhaps a few Chicagoisms thrown in), I prefer that my British interlocutors speak the Queen’s English with the RP. While I agree that some of the regional dialects can be grating, many of them sound quite delightful. Unfortunately, many of them are intelligible only to native speakers. I remember on my first trip to Britain in 1976, I was hitch-hiking from one of the Channel ports to London. I got a ride from a guy that, from the few words that I could understand, seemed very interesting. But I probably grasped only one word in five, and hardly ever a complete sentence. That said, within living memory, some American regional dialects were hardly mutually intelligible. In 1957, my father, step-mother, and half-brothers and -sister, and I drove down to Florida to visit the paternal grandparents. On the way back to Illinois, we stopped in Georgia to visit the step-mother’s family. Amongst them was a very attractive young lady of about my age. Shy though I was, I wanted very much to communicate with her. Alas, I could hardly understand a word that she said, and I was too embarrassed to tell her so.
Tuesday - August 4th 2020 1:24AM MST
PS: Thank you, Mr. Anon.
Mr. Anon
Monday - August 3rd 2020 8:40PM MST
PS RP was a standard of pronunciation, something you learned at public school (which is what they call private school) and which became a standard, largely I think due to the influence of the BBC during the radio and TV era. There were of course deviations from it, reflecting the actual linguistic diversity of the British people. But it seems as though sometime in the 90s, the BBC stopped insisting on it, and the fact is that a lot of british accents are rather unlovely.
Monday - August 3rd 2020 10:49AM MST
PS: OK, Mr. Anon, you've got me convinced to check some more of their shows out. Now what is "Received Pronunciation"?

Regarding Monty Python, I try to stay away from ever hearing one word about what the guys have to say politically. I don't support them other than I guess the youtube hits, that I doubt do anything for them, and a video or two from library probably doesn't help them either.

Come a new movie out of them (I really doubt, as it can't possibly be funny in today's environment, well, I'll not go see it.
Mr. Anon
Monday - August 3rd 2020 10:31AM MST
PS I recommend Mitchell and Webb. Most of their stuff is funny. Some of it is very funny. And that's unusual for British televsion nowadays, in my opinion. British television used to be entertaining; their dramas were interesting and their comedies (some of them, anyway) funny. With the abandonment of RP (Received Pronunciation) most of the actors sound like yobs and are highly - artificially - "diverse" (i.e. not actually british). It's almost all PC crap as far as I can tell. M&W are a rare exception to the general low quality.

I used to be a fan of Monty Python, but as all of them (other than, I think Michael Palin) have become such hectoring old liberal fools, I can't stand them anymore.
WHAT SAY YOU? : (PLEASE NOTE: You must type capital PS as the 1st TWO characters in your comment body - for spam avoidance - or the comment will be lost!)