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[quote] On 2012-01-04 10:23, Vlad_77 wrote: Tom, I am in The Netherlands until Sunday and so I have not read the article as I stated; I forgot my Genii registration number so I cannot check it out online while I am here. I am not implying that David Acer is in any way promoting physical violence against Professor Hawking. I do agree with Funsway that references to violence - are problematic. In your own words Tom, I respectfully submit that you stated that the verbiage is "tasteless, maybe." I respect David Acer as a performer and writer. He is also one of the funniest comedians I have ever had the privilege of seeing. With all of his credentials I am taken aback that in THIS instance he would employ a metaphor that is simply inappropriate. Surely David Acer would know already as many do that Professor Hawking loves magic. Why could he have not used a metaphor more suited to that. In fact, any metaphor which would signify complete astonishment in the apparent bending or breaking the laws of universal physics sans violence would be quite easy to conjure. Professor Hawking held the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge for 30 years - an honor also held by Sir Isaac Newton. I believe that Professor Hawking deserves more respect and I stand by my assertion that the verbiage is utterly crass. Actually in revisiting this post I find that when I reconsider the accomplishments of Professor Hawking AND a fatal illness I find that my own verbiage of "crass" to be a woeful understatement. Some years ago in America, Saturday Night Live did a comedy sketch with The Holocaust as its theme. I was horrified and I vowed never to watch that show again - and I haven't even when Sir Paul McCartney was the featured guest. There are just some things IMHO Tom, that simply are not funny and should not be the subject of "humor." David Acer is better than this and I am saddened by his metaphor. No, I will not choose to unsubscribe to Genii. I will however write a letter to Genii and to the ALS Foundation in protest of this gauche remark. Ahimsa, Vlad [/quote]
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