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article imageOutrage as Dutch TV show mocks Lee Rigby's Woolwich murder (Vid)

By JohnThomas Didymus     May 28, 2013 in World
Langs de Leeuw, a Dutch TV show, has aired a comedy sketch poking fun at the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby. The sketch shows actors spoofing the video performance of the alleged killers by waving "blood-stained" knives and cleavers at the cameras.
The show, aired on Holland's publicly-funded VARA channel, included a spoof of the Eurovision Song Contest during which a sketch appeared to mock the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, South East London.
It showed two men at Britain's table, dressed as Rigby's alleged killers, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, waving knives and cleavers dripping "blood" at the cameras.
The audience gasped in shock as the two men, with smiles on their faces, waved stained knives at the cameras. The co-host was shown pretending to flee in fright as the men waved the knives.
The host Paul de Leeuw, 51, was shown holding this head in his hands and covering his face with his palm, shocked momentarily. He recovers, laughs and applauds.
The insensitive act has provoked outrage and sparked complaints on social media:
Scarlett Smith: "@Langsdeleeuw what hell are you doing? this is totally insane and insensitive. you are doing damage to your country."
Edin Mujagic: "Someone killed with a machete is NOT, I repeat NOT funny!"
Niet Mohammed: "Has Paul de Leeuw no shame?"
DCorleone59: "For almost 400,000 euros a year, Paul de Leeuw makes fun of the brutal killing of Lee Rigby."
The Sun reports that Andy McNab, The Sun's security adviser, said: "I was made aware of this by Dutch friends, who were appalled. Thankfully, that’s the reaction of most Dutch people.They are as furious as people in Britain would be. Those responsible are idiots. This was a cheap shot and it wasn't funny."
The Daily Mail reports that VARA released a statement: "Last Saturday 'De Kwis,' the satirical part of the Dutch television program 'Langs de Leeuw’,' referred to the recent attack in London. This is experienced by some viewers as inappropriate. The attack in the UK was shocking and is a human drama. This is not only public opinion but also the opinion of broadcaster VARA, presenter Paul de Leeuw and those involved in the making of 'De Kwis.' Everyone handles the feelings that tragedies like these raise in their own way. Comedians often prefer to deal with difficult emotions by joking about them. Many times that works well. An important function of humor is it being an outlet. It gives air. But sometimes it doesn't work well. The pain and the shock that a particular incident has brought about is so intense that there is – for some – no place for airiness.
"The joke with the two Britons was actually not at the expense of the dead soldier. A very absurd side of reality (the insane attack) was compared to a trivial side of reality (the madness surrounding the Eurovision Song Contest). If people will feel hurt, we regret that."
The Daily Mail explains that "De Kwis’' is an independent part within "Langs de Leeuw."
Saturday's spoof on Langs de Leeuw comes a week after a controversial incident in which the host sucked milk from the breasts of a lactating woman on the show. During an interview with two women from a charity that reportedly promotes exchange of breast milk, the host asked if he could taste some milk. He refused a bottle, saying he preferred to take it from the breast. One of the women, Wendy, offered her breasts. He bent forward and sucked milk from one breast and then from the other.
After the drink, he said: "I find the second one better tasting, but I can taste that you've eaten asparagus yesterday."
According to Digital Journal, a 10th person, aged 50, has been arrested in connection with the murder of soldier Lee Rigby. The suspect was arrested at Upper Wickham Lane in Welling, South East London, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
Digital Journal reports that four of those arrested have been bailed and two have been released without charges, while four remain in custody.
Digital Journal reports that Rigby, a machine gunner with the 2nd battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was hacked to death yards away from the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, South East London, on Wednesday, by two men, Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 26.
A video showing Michael Adebolajo speaking to the camera with bloodied hands immediately after the killing was posted to YouTube. He said: "We swear by Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reasons we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye for an eye a tooth for tooth."
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