loans (though he does eventually direct Yunus to the
higher-ups); like a MontyPython sketch he is having fun with
Professor Yunus, who is made a fool of even as he has played the fool in
order to expose and challenge the unfairness of the system.
The power of the fool is not so much to reveal or elicit
particular information: that is the role of the sleuth or the
investigator. It is rather to reveal
from MontyPython’s Life of Brian (1979), that
ironically asks, ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ with the
conclusion being that they significantly developed society. Similarly,
in the Enough Food IF video, British characters are on their way to an
anti-aid rally, determined to campaign against aid even after their
discussion on the bus about the many ‘successes’ of international aid.
(London: Atlantic Books, 2009).
In 1979 the MontyPython film Life of Brian was
treated as blasphemous by various religious groups and local authorities in the
UK and the US. It was condemned as such by Malcolm Muggeridge and Mervyn
Stockwood, the Bishop of Southwark, in a BBC televised debate.
See Paul Berman's compelling reflections on this