A comedian who has gone astray: Faisal Al-Kousi has to apologize hessenschau.de

What jokes are allowed and which ones are not? This is a topic often discussed enthusiastically. Hessian comedian Faisal Al-Kousi also wanted to lead the discussion. But his defense of a controversial comment on Instagram backfired. Now he is rowing again.

“I am not responsible for your dirty feelings,” Faisal Al-Kawousi roared at the selfie camera of his smartphone. The comedian from Gros Girau seems visibly upset. His Instagram comment by fellow comedian Joyce Elge drew heavy criticism on social media. About a day later, Kawusi apologized.

What happened? Comedian Joyce Elg posted a photo of her and comedian Luke Mockridge on Easter and wrote, “Have any of you found eggs here? I just got a few knockout drops.”


Instagram post by Joyce Ilg

So-called knockout drops are often used in the context of sexual violence. According to the Federal Criminal Police Office, these are liquid drugs that have stimulating and depressant effects at low doses, and narcotic and sleep-inducing effects at higher doses. An overdose can be fatal. Stunning with knockout drops poses serious bodily harm. However, these substances are difficult to detect.

Several users, including several celebrities such as author Sophie Basman, model Stephanie Geisinger and influencer Riccardo Simonetti, commented on Ilg’s post with anger and bewilderment. “It is not funny to joke about victims of sexual violence,” asserts Hessian entrepreneur Diana zur Lewin. “Tasteless and inappropriate.”

Al-Kawsi does not accept criticism at first

Finally, Kawusi enters the discussion. Youtuber Silvi Carlsson shared her own story under Ilg’s post: “I almost died from knockouts, not cool, Joyce.” Kawusi then commented, “Next time I’ll increase the dose, I promise.” And like Ilg’s comment, Kawusi was not well received in the internet community.

Kawusi responded to the criticism with the initially mentioned Instagram story. He declared that he wanted to “dismantle” the haters. And he threatened: “I will take a closer look at your accounts and then we will attack you.” Al Kawsi stated: “Art has no limits, it did not exist, and it never will be.” He did not recognize the harmful potential of his words. “Faisal, your joke hurt my feelings,” mimicked the self-proclaimed “master of comedy,” only to answer: “Then cry, you pussy!”

How useful is defending a joke?

Frankfurt comedian Mellor Bondock of “The Comedy Community” doesn’t think much about defending online jokes. “Maybe I play chess with the pigeons,” he says. “You’ll spin around the chessboard a few times, throw your pieces and then shit on the board and fly away.”

However, Bondock suspects that Kawusi was really convinced of the quality and justification of the controversial joke. “When someone posts a third-rate joke on the Internet, the intent is very clear,” he says. It’s about getting the most attention. “Everyone is wonderfully upset, then calms down again – until the next pig is pushed through the village.”

The distances of the TV station itself

For Kawusi, the shot could have backfired in this case. His former TV station Sat 1 has distanced himself from him on Twitter. “With Celebrity Bread last fall, Saturday 1 has clearly ended the collaboration with Faisal Al-Kawousi. For reasons. And of course it remains that way,” she said there.

Now Kawusi seems to regret the threats in his Instagram story, if not the original comment. “I would like to sincerely apologize for the statement I made yesterday,” he wrote on the platform. He will withdraw from the audience for a few days to consider how he would like to act in public in the future.

“I hope at some point he’ll learn that it might not work that way,” Bondock says. He thinks that comedy belongs in the theater and not in the comment column. “It is suitable for everything, not just for good discussions.”

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