Bono joined a group of diplomats and aid experts to testify at a United States Senate subcommittee hearing on the “causes and consequences of violent extremism and the role of foreign assistance” on Capitol Hill today. As Reuters reports, the U2 frontman and philanthropist advocated for a new “Marshall Plan” to provide aid to the Middle East, similar to the the United States’ massive relief initiative to rebuild Europe after World War Two. “Aid in 2016 is not charity; it is national security,” he said. “It could be the best bulwark we have against violent extremism.”
But he also had another idea on how to combat violent extremists like ISIS and Boko Haram: “It’s funny…don’t laugh, but I think comedy should be deployed.” As he explained, “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. So I am suggesting that the Senate send in Amy Schumer and Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen, thank you.” Watch a clip from his testimony below.
Holy shit https://t.co/Hzn4KNloAh
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) April 12, 2016