No joking at airport security
And joking is also dangerous in the foyer of the House of Commons. Today, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff was asked about airport-security measures. He answered. Reporters laughed.
Now, bless their hearts, some earnest commentators are trying to parse what parts of Ignatieff's answer constituted a joke. Because if it was all a joke, then that means he's making light of airport security. And if he wasn't joking, perhaps he really was saying that his private parts are touched all day in his job. Which is rude.And probably some form of sexual harassment, though a weird form in which the employees are harassing the boss. Come to think of it, that sounds a lot like the Liberal caucus.
Some days, this job makes me dizzy. Here's the full exchange in the foyer. Cue the humour analysts and their forensic joke-finding skills.
Question: Have you been through one of the airport scanners, those body scanners? Have you received one of the pat-downs that have become so controversial?
Michael Ignatieff: If you’re in my business, you live in an airport. And so I have people touching my private parts all day long. And I just – all I have to say is if that’s what we have to do to keep us safe – no, the serious point I make is that we’ve got some very hardworking people. I’m sorry, that really did it to you, didn’t it? You know I didn’t like it much either but it just came out there. I’ve long ceased – I’m serious. I’ve long ceased worrying about these issues. We have to keep this country safe and the people I feel strongly in support of are the hardworking security scanners. It’s not a great job. It’s tough. You’re wearing rubber gloves all day long. You don’t want to be doing it. You’re trying to keep the country safe. I’ve got a lot of sympathy for them. I’ve been through the full ones where you raise your hands. I don’t know what they can see. I don’t think it’s a pretty sight. I don’t want to know.