Jonathan Pie Might Not Be a Household Name in America, but His Take on Social Unrest Proves He Should Be

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Protesters gather around Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square during the Black Lives Matter protest rally in London, Sunday, June 7, 2020, in response to the recent killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, USA, that has led to protests in many countries and across the US. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Chaos is king in progressive politics at the moment and in America the tendency is to believe all outrage is organic and borne of latent rage over the sins of our past. Because we are a good people, and we want to admit to, correct, and atone for our sins.

But the truth is less cut and dried as a look across the pond proves. The current outrage is much more organized than organic and more political than polemic. Otherwise, why would the English outraged be so invested in the local affairs of a Midwestern U.S. state? In fact, with growing clashes between rioters in the UK and those who’ve decided to protect their statuary history from vandals, the current unrest begins to look more and more like an attack on shared Western values than a reactionary response to perceived abuse at the hands of law enforcement.

All of which makes this video from English comedian Tom Walker, using his character of journalist Jonathan Pie, to issue one of the better indictments of the current social disarray at the hands of latter-day Marxists in a video that’s gotten many UK viewers praising it as the essence of what they think but cannot say for fear of the rage mob and cancel culture.


For context, the character of Jonathan Pie is a popular parody of an English journalist who regularly films commentary addressing the news of the day. His commentary on the current civil unrest is one for the books. Language warning:

“We live in the most inclusive, progressive, diverse, prosperous society ever in human history, yet we behave as if we’ve never had it so f*****g bad,” Walker as Pie says before regaling listeners with his thoughts on Google removing the egg from the salad emoji to make it “more inclusive for vegans.”

He also hits on something that those who have been observing the CHAZ in Seattle may have noticed: the generation that has no idea what it means to fight in a war — Walker (as Pie) describes his grandmother’s time during the Battle of Britain with Nazi pilots (“actual Nazis, I’m not talking Trump voters”) flying over her home as an example of real war — have resorted to inventing a war to fight.


“My generation, right we’ve never really had to fight for much,” he says. “We never had to fight for the votes, we never had to fight in a f*****g war…Recently you had Vote Magazine saying tackling women’s issues today is harder than women’s battle for the vote. You pampered, privately educated c***s.”

The English have always been particularly skilled at skewering social insanity through humor (see literally anything Monty Python has ever made) and bless them, they’re doing it again.

Bloody brilliant.


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