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John Lacy, a Restoration actor and playwright, satirised puritans, including in his role as Mr Scruple in The Cheats by John Wilson (right). John Michael Wright (died 1694/National Portrait Gallery

Mayflower 400: how society feared and ridiculed puritans

Puritans were often depicted as fools until they had a shot at government, and then the humour got darker.
The female form is often used to depict themes of freedom and justice – and satirists think it’s useful to extend the metaphor to rape. But that’s a problem. EPA/Joédson Alves

Political satire has a rape problem

It's dehumanising when cartoonists use images of sexual violence to make broad-brush comments about society.
The Death of Stalin is about the chaotic political drama that followed the Russian leader’s demise in 1953. Madman Films

Speaking with: satirist Armando Iannucci on The Death of Stalin

Speaking with: satirist Armando Ianucci on The Death of Stalin. The Conversation, CC BY44.1 MB (download)
Armando Iannucci, the satirist and director behind the film The Death of Stalin spoke with Associate Professor Stephen Harrington, an expert on political satire.

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