Hello Tehran

Written by Shaun Ferguson

Friday, 14 December 2007

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There are no gays in Kuwait

I have been ploughing through the Spoof's traffic rankings on Alexa and find the results quite interesting.

Not surprisingly USA, UK and Canada produce the largest number of readers, presumably because of the content and the (somewhat) similar native languages.

Of the 10 next largest national audiences however, at the time of this writing India comes 1st with Pakistan 7th, Kuwait 8th and Iran 10th.

I can understand that India and Pakistan are in part English speaking and probably share our sense of humour to some extent. However what of Kuwait and Iran?

Could it be they are regurgitating the Spoof as "real Western news", or are coded messages being passed to and fro, perhaps by writer's use of bold or italic type?

I wonder if we "Spoofers" have our names on a list at Tehran and Kuwait City airports and what those countries think of us? After all, they are not really in the loop about freedom of speech. Iran's sense of humour is limited to Holocaust denial and Kuwait still has its head buried in sands of time about homosexuality.

No, on reflection I think that a limited number of people from those countries read the Spoof with much amusement, and some considerable jealousy as to how we in the West are at liberty to ceaselessly pester our politicians and scandalise our celebrities, with humour and with liberty. At least, I do hope so.

If the Spoof serves only to demonstrate the values that we writers have been born and bred to take for granted, then it is providing a very useful purpose.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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