Ever since Benny Hill Americans have had a difficult time getting British humor. However, British tourists Leigh Van Bryan, 26, and pal Emily Bunting, 24, claim that the Department of Homeland Security not only lacks a sense of humor but does not recognize a joke from the quintessential American comedy show, Family Guy. Upon arriving at Los Angeles, they were interrogated for hours about tweets that they sent and eventually ejected from the country. Before their deportation, they say that they were held in a cell with narcotics traffickers for twelve hours.
The agency appears to have picked up tweets from Van Bryan. The first on January 3rd said “3 weeks today, we’re totally in LA pissing people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin’ Marilyn Monroe up!” Then on January 16th, he tweeted: “Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America.” They say that they repeatedly explained that it was a joke. They explained that “destroy” is a common expression for getting trashed and partying. They further said that Monroe statement was a quote from Family Guy. Bunting said that she tried not to laugh when agents asked if she was going to be the look out as Van Bryan dug up Monroe.
Their passports were confiscated and they were told that they were under investigation for coming to our nation planning to commit crimes. Buntings charge sheet reads: “It is believed that you are travelling with Leigh-Van Bryan who possibly has the intentions of coming to the United States to commit crimes.” It mentions the conspiracy to dig up Monroe.
On Van Bryan sheet, the following notation was made: “Mr Bryan confirmed that he had posted on his Tweeter [sic] website account that he was coming to the United States to dig up the grave of Marilyn Monroe. Also on his tweeter account Mr Bryan posted that he was coming to destroy America.”
It appears that there is no other evidence relied upon by DHS to support the deportation but two tweets that read as obvious jokes. None of this makes us safer, of course, beyond assuring terrorists that we are doing a pretty good job hurting ourselves without their involvement. This case should be investigated by DHS as well as Congress. For everyone of such cases, there are many others that go unreported. The response of DHS seems to follow the myth put out by TSA that even an obvious joke at a security gate is a crime at airports.
The treatment of this couple reflects more than a lack of humor but a lack of logic. The DHS appears to have worked hard to avoid the use of common sense and judgment. Based on these facts, I am pretty confident that the final resting place of Marilyn Monroe was never in danger. By the way, the tweet itself shows that the couple did remarkably little research if they were planned to dig up Monroe. She is in an elevated crypt so you cannot dig her up. She is located at Corridor of Memories, #24. By the way, Hugh Hefner owns the rights to the crypt next to it. Even if you can get inside, she was placed in an heavy gauge solid bronze casket lined with a locked down lid.
Of course, it does appear that Al-Qaeda has trained personnel with the use of Family Guy episodes. That may have been the problem:
Source: Daily Mail