The concept of “agree to disagree” doesn’t look like it’s returning anytime soon with increased calls for physical abuse against political leaders.
It seems that civil disagreement is proving too difficult for some people and particularly difficult for British comedian Jo Brand.
On the BBC radio show “Heresy,” Brand discussed Britain’s current political situation, saying, “Well, yes I would say that but that’s because certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore and they’re very, very easy to hate and I’m kind of thinking: ‘Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?’
“That’s just me,” she continued. “I’m not going to do it, it’s purely a fantasy, but I think milkshakes are pathetic, I honestly do, sorry.”
Her comment about milkshakes was in reference to an incident last month when protesters tossed the beverage on British politician and Brexit leader Nigel Farage during his campaign in the city of Newcastle.
As Metro U.K. reported, Brand’s “barb caused laughter in the studio, but attracted heavy criticism on social media.”
Some of that criticism was from Farage himself.
While he was annoyed by the milkshake incident, he definitely sees the difference between a cold drink and Brand’s proposal of battery acid.
“This is incitement of violence and the police need to act,” Farage wrote in a tweet.
This is incitement of violence and the police need to act. https://t.co/j3F0jsKGBZ
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 12, 2019
Comments like Brand’s join a growing movement where extreme action against conservative ideas and politicians is humored and accepted.
Unfortunately, the public in both the U.K. and the U.S. are becoming desensitized to outrageous comments and actions of physical abuse against conservatives.
Failing comedian Kathy Griffin took this concept — generally known as Trump Derangement Syndrome — to new heights when she posted a photo of herself holding a fake severed head resembling the president in May 2017.
If the political climate on the left keeps heading this direction, stunts like Griffin’s will continue to be rewarded and praised by the masses.
After all, the audience laughed at Brand’s “battery acid” crack.