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Eddie Izzard

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Pope Pius XII was meant to go and castigate Hitler for being a [air quotes] "Genocidal F**khead [air quotes again] with bunny rabbit ears". But he didn't, he wimped out, and for that history has renamed that Pope as "Pope Gutless Bastard I."

 
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