Turkey Asks Germany To Prosecute Comedian. Germany Says ‘Ja, Vhatever’

It’s the kind of irony that comedians dream about: a joke is made about a country’s censorship and then that country demands the joke be removed from the internet. The Turkish government asked Germany to prosecute Jan Böhmermann, one of their funnier citizens, after he poked fun at Turkish President Erdogan in a satirical sketch. Böhmermann’s piece accused Erdogan of “repressing minorities, kicking Kurds and slapping Christians,” which Turkey can’t really deny but is certainly pissed that someone said it. While Germany should have responded with a resounding nein, they vaguely stated that the state prosecutor was investigating, in hopes to ease tensions with the Turkish government.

Yes, I want to sound marginally more intelligent: