Slapstick must be really big in Belgium--and even more entertaining when delivered with a veneer of activism. But it becomes positively gut-busting when the victim is an unpopular Archbishop. Or so it would seem.
You may have already heard that yesterday a Belgian "prankster" released videos of the Archbishop of Brussels getting hit in the face with a custard pie. Other public figures have been on the receiving end of this form of "comedy," but the unfortunate Archbishop seems to be the victim of choice, with no fewer than four tastes of the same punishment, one of them delivered before an audience that laughed and cheered as if the whole thing were some kind of reality show.
The press was told that the action was a protest of the bishop's statements on homosexual behavior and abortion. (This is the same Archbishop who was locked out of his residence while the government made an illegitimate search for non-existent incriminating documents that they presumed had been hidden there--and in his predecessors' tombs.)
I get the impression that the bishop is a bit too plain-spoken for his own good (and not very media savvy). He seems not to recognize when a "reporter" is asking a leading question, and attempts to respond in ways that our sound-byte culture cannot comprehend or follow. He's sure to suffer future indignities in the name of respect and tolerance.