Dry Humour Making Drought Worse, Officials Say
By ZANEWS February 15, 2017
Call for Capetonians to shy away from irony and sarcasm.
CAPE TOWN – In what is being described as a dire situation for the residents of Cape Town, city officials are gravely concerned about the contribution ironic and sarcastic statements are making to the ongoing drought ravaging the city.
Fabian February, the chairman of the City of Cape Town’s ad hoc committee on Humour Regulation and Control, said on Monday the current state of affairs is “no laughing matter” and that the time for “funny business” was over. “We’re placing severe restrictions on the use of irony and sarcasm as of tomorrow,” he said. “Anyone caught using dry humour in their houses or gardens or in public spaces will be dealt with.”
Stand-up comedian and renowned climatologist, Frank De Waal, meanwhile said the city was “grasping at straws” and that even the strictest regulations on dry humour would not break the drought. “I’m not trying to be funny, but asking Capetonians to lose their sense of humour is going to have a minimal effect,” he said. “Encouraging people to see the lighter side of things might be a much better ploy.”
When asked about De Waal’s comments and what that lighter side might be, February said climatologists always had their heads in the clouds and that when it came to “acts of God” there was no lighter side.
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