|YouTube screen grab of a parody that landed one Minnesotan in jail. He's pictured here in the back passenger seat.|
The writer Martin Amis once referred to a critic as "humorless," by which he meant to impugn on the man's seriousness.
The censors employed by the United Arab Emirates government may not be serious people, but they have serious means of punishment at their disposal. Looking into the case of Shezanne "Shez" Cassim, one is compelled to ask: Who are they kidding?
Cassim, a 29-year-old U of M grad working in UAE, has spent the last nine months in prison for participating in a 19-minute parody about Dubai youth culture.
The mockumentary is entitled "Ultimate Combat System: The Deadly Satwa Gs." It depicts
an ancient martial art as little more than men throwing shoes through newspapers. A cell phone is a weapon that lets you call friends to come help you fight.SEE ALSO: HealthPartners pulls KDWB advertising after Hmong parody