NOT from The Onion

Do another Season of The Wire,” he [Attorney General Eric Holder] said to cheers. “That’s actually at a minimum…if you don’t do a season, do a movie. We’ve done HBO movies, this is a series that deserves a movie.” The tongue-in-cheek order came as an audience was shown clips from the show that depicted how children are exploited in the illicit drug trade.

This is like Richard Nixon asking for a sequel to Full Metal Jacket.

To his credit, Wire creator David Simon responded:

The Attorney-General’s kind remarks are noted and appreciated. I’ve spoken to [co-producer] Ed Burns and we are prepared to go to work on season six of The Wire if the Department of Justice is equally ready to reconsider and address its continuing prosecution of our misguided, destructive and dehumanising drug prohibition.”

Simon also pointed out that the government’s current anti-drug policies are “nothing more or less than a war on our underclass”.

HT to Alex Tabarrok.