Never Be Rude to an Arab

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"Never Be Rude to an Arab" is a satirical song by the members of Monty Python's Flying Circus, originally appearing on the 1980 album Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album. It appears as sung by Terry Jones in the theatrically released concert film Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl and was included on the compilation album Monty Python Sings. The song dispenses advice about not resorting to xenophobic insults, beginning with Arabs and moving on to other races not to be insulted—"an Israeli, a Saudi or Jew" and an "Irishman". The song then becomes offensive in its own right as it declares that one should never poke fun at a "nigger", a "spic" or a "wop" or a "kraut". Jones starts to sing "And never put...", but gets no further as he is suddenly blown up. In the Hollywood Bowl version, he is immediately dragged offstage by a costumed frog. At the Hollywood Bowl, Jones returned on the other side of an intervening sketch to sing "Never be rude to a Polack..." before being blown up again. He is again dragged offstage, this time by a Christmas tree. 


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Never be rude to an Arab
An Israeli, or Saudi, or Jew
Never be rude to an Irishman
No matter what you do

Never poke fun at a N*gger
A Spick, or a Wop, or a Kraut 
And never put down

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Monty Python (sometimes known as The Pythons) was a British surreal comedy group that created Monty Python's Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. Forty-five episodes were made over four series. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and impact, spawning touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books and a stage musical as well as launching the members to individual stardom. The group's influence on comedy has been compared to The Beatles' influence on music. more »

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Written by: TERRY JONES

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