Sadiq Khan balloon flies a mere two months after it would have been relevant

Man looking up at the Sadiq Khan balloon
John Shafthauer

When President Trump visited the UK, a balloon of him looking like a baby was flown over London. The joke was:

  1. President Trump is somewhat less than mature.
  2. President Trump is exactly the sort of person who would be annoyed by a balloon.

In response, critics of the original protest have created a balloon of Sadiq Khan – a mere two months later. The joke this time is… err… we’re not sure.

Heads in the clouds

Off The Perch spoke with the Khan balloon maker – one Eric Bubble:

Start your day with The Canary News Digest

Fresh and fearless; get excellent independent journalism from The Canary, delivered straight to your inbox every morning.

OTP: What was the point of this ballon?

EB: Well, the people who did the first protest were saying Trump is a balloon, so now we’re saying Khan is – you know – a balloon.

OTP: They weren’t so much saying he’s a balloon as accusing him of being a wailing toddler. Are you not worried that coming back with “we know you are, but what are we?” amplifies that accusation?

EB: That’s what we’re saying – Sadiq Khan is a balloon.

OTP: Ah. I think it may have gone over your head.

EB: Obviously it went over our head; it’s a balloon.

OTP: No, I mean the joke went over your head.

EB: It’s a balloon! It’s supposed to go over your head!

OTP: Nice talking to you.

Swing and a miss

The original balloon worked because it played on Trump’s Achilles heel – which is any sort of ridicule.

If the people behind the new balloon really wanted to upset Khan, they should have come out in favour of mild, Scandinavian-style social democracy.

Get Involved!

– For more satirical news, you can also follow Off The Perch on Facebook and Twitter.

– Join The Canary, so we can keep holding the powerful to account.

Featured image via YouTube / Pexels / Michael Knapeck – Flickr [IMAGE WAS ALTERED]

Since you're here ...

We know you don't need a lecture. You wouldn't be here if you didn't care.
Now, more than ever, we need your help to challenge the rightwing press and hold power to account. Please help us survive and thrive.

The Canary Support

Comments are closed

John Shafthauer