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Nation grieves and is permitted for 7 days to acknowledge that a guy dressed up as a woman is actually laughable
MELBOURNE, VIC – The nation is in mourning after the passing of beloved comedian and cultural icon Barry Humphries, who was best known for his iconic character Dame Edna Everage.
Tributes have poured in from all corners of the country, with many expressing their deep sadness and gratitude for the laughter he brought into their lives.
However, in a surprising turn of events, the government has announced a seven-day period during which it will be permissible for Australians to laugh at the idea of a man pretending to be a woman.
Announcing the temporary lift on the ban, the Minister for Cultural Sensitivity, Penny Wong, explained that the government had decided to relax its strict laws on political correctness for a limited period in honour of Humphries’ legacy.
“Barry was a trailblazer in the world of comedy, and he made us laugh by holding up a mirror to society and exposing its absurdities,” Minister Wong said in a statement.
“We do want to make very clear however that it is no longer okay to laugh at a man pretending to be a woman, or men who identify as a woman, or at women generally, or at people who can’t define what a woman is.”
“Nevertheless, we are willing to forgo our usual punishments for all such behaviour for a short period in honour of Barry.”
However, others have criticised the move as an affront to the dignity of transgender people.
Self-identifying comedian Hannah Gadsby spoke out:
“I find it deeply offensive that the Government is now permitting people laughing around me.”
“That has never happened before!”
It is further reported that the final words, requested by Barry, to be written on his tomb will be:
“If you have to explain satire to someone, you might as well give up.”
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