Faisal Kawusi apologizes after controversial comment on Instagram | hessenschau.de

Which jokes are allowed to be made and which are not? This is a topic that is often passionately debated. Hessian comedian Faisal Kawusi also wanted to lead the discussion. But his defense of a controversial comment on Instagram failed. Now he is driving backwards.

“I’m not responsible for your dirty feelings,” Faisal Kawusi growls at his smartphone’s selfie camera. The comedian from GroƟ-Gerau is visibly upset. His comment under an Instagram post of his humorous colleague Joyce Ilg has caused severe criticism on social media. About a day later, Kawusi apologized.

What happened? Comedian Joyce Ilg posted a photo of herself and comedian Luke Mockridge at Easter and wrote, “Did any of you find eggs here? I just got a few knockout points.”


Instagram post by Joyce Ilg

So-called knockout points are often used in the context of sexualized violence. According to the Federal Office of Criminal Police, these are liquid drugs that have a stimulating and disinfecting effect at lower doses, and narcotic and sleep-inducing effects at higher doses. An overdose can be fatal. Stunning knockout points pose dangerous bodily harm. However, such substances are difficult to detect.

Many users, including numerous celebrities like author Sophie Passmann, model Stefanie Giesinger and influencer Ricardo Simonetti, commented on Ilg’s post angry and surprised. “It’s just not funny when you joke with victims of sexual violence,” said Hessian entrepreneur Diana zur Loewen. “So tasteless and inappropriate.”

Kawusi does not accept criticism at first

Finally, Kawusi intervened in the debate. Youtuber Silvi Carlsson had shared her story under the Ilgs Post: “I almost died from the knockout drop, not cute, Joyce.” Kawusi then commented: “Next time I will increase the dose, I promise.” And like Ilg’s comment, Kawusi’s comment was not well received in the online community.

Kawusi responded to the criticism with the Instagram story mentioned at the beginning. He announced that he wanted to “separate” the haters. And he threatened, “I will look closely at your accounts, and then we will attack you.” Kawusi declared: “Art has no limits, has never existed and will never exist.” He did not acknowledge the hurtful potential of his words. “Faisal, your jokes hurt my feelings”, imitated the self-proclaimed critic “great master of comedy”, to answer: “Then cry, pussy!”.

How useful is it to defend a joke?

Frankfurt comedian Meilor Bondoc of The Comedy Community does not think much about defending jokes online. “I can also play chess with a pigeon,” he says. “It will spin around the chessboard a few times, throw your pieces and then jump on the board and fly away.”


Meilor Bondoc

However, Bondoc suspects that Kawusi was indeed convinced of the quality and justification of the controversial joke. “When someone posts a third-hand joke online, the intent is pretty clear,” he says. It is about getting maximum attention. “Everyone gets wonderfully upset, then calms down again – until the next dosa is pushed through the village.”

The TV station distances itself

For Kawus, the shot could have resulted in a backlash in this case. His former TV station Sat.1 distanced himself from him on Twitter. “With the celebrities maturing last fall, Sat.1 clearly ended the collaboration with Faisal Kawusi. For reasons. And of course it remains so,” he said there.

Now Kawusi seems to be sorry for the threats in his Instagram story, if not for the original comment. “I want to sincerely apologize for the statement I made yesterday,” he wrote on the platform. He will be withdrawn from the public for a few days to think about how he would like to behave in public in the future.

“I hope that at some point he can learn that he may not be fully functioning this way,” Bondoc says. He thinks the comedy belongs to the scene and not the comment section. “It is suitable for everything, but not for pleasant discussions.”

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