A jester, court jester, or fool, was historically an entertainer during the medieval and Renaissance eras who was a member of the household of a nobleman or a monarch employed to entertain him and his guests. A jester was also an itinerant performer who entertained common folk at fairs and markets. Jesters are also modern-day entertainers who resemble their historical counterparts.
Jesters in medieval times are often thought to have worn brightly coloured clothes and eccentric hats in a motley pattern and their modern counterparts usually mimic this costume. In medieval times jesters entertained with a wide variety of skills: principal ones included songs, music, and storytelling; additional ones included acrobatics, juggling, telling jokes, and magic tricks. Much of the entertainment was performed in a comic style and many jesters made contemporary jokes in word or song about people or events well known to their audiences.
Jesters could also give bad news to the King that no one else would dare deliver. The best example of this is in 1340, when the French fleet was destroyed at the Battle of Sluys by the English. Phillippe VI's jester told him the English sailors "don't even have the guts to jump into the water like our brave French."
Court fools died out after England's Charles II declined to fill the post after the Restoration. In recent years, however, they have enjoyed a vogue-let:
In 2015, the town of Conwy in North Wales appointed Russel Erwood (aka Erwyd le Fol) as the official resident jester of the town and its people, a post that had been vacant since 1295.And in June 2017, the GOP in Charlotte, North Carolina adopted one:
Officials with the Mecklenburg County Republican Party said this week that they are supporting Deplorable Pride, which has about a dozen members, gay and straight...Brian Talbert, co-founder of Deplorable Pride, described the call as a show of support.Talbert has more than lived up to expectations in his new role.
And now he has shown the Republicans- who repine that near-total control of America is unsatisfying and not at all the vengeance-wreaking orgy they were promised-
-a way forward to releasing America from the tar baby of Confederate war memorials.
Brian Talbert has pointed out what was there all along: the reason Republicans do everything they do, and don't do everything else.
This, he shows a party of blind fatheads, is the justification to a truly Carthaginian sack of marble and bronze, a veritable Sherman's Art Crawl to the Sea: