You wouldn’t think an impending massacre in Sudan would be something you can joke about, but that’s pretty much the standard for Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act by now – its ability to make unpalatable subjects entertaining, not by trivialising or making fun of people in difficult circumstances, but by doing the opposite. I’ll give you an example:
“Now, you probably know best Sudan for two things: The genocide in Darfur, and white saviour movies.”
And that doesn’t take away from the gravity of the situation in Sudan right now. Having felt brief euphoria when the country’s strongman for three decades, Omar al-Bashir, was overthrown in a military coup, the Sudanese people now realise they are fighting a junta that refuses to hold elections and opens fire on peaceful pro-democracy protesters.
“I know coups in Africa are like trailers for Marvel movies… it just comes up and you’re like, ‘Another one?!’”
After a brief riff on the history of Bashir’s time in power…
“Bashir has been in power for 30 years… that’s a whole Taylor Swift ago! Yeah, it’s a whole different kind of ‘bad blood’… it broke the Geneva Convention.”