Böhmermann: Merkel threw me to a ‘despot’

German satirical comedian Jan Böhmermann broke his media silence to slam German Chancellor Angela Merkel for apparently caving to Turkish pressure over a poem he’d read on public television mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“The chancellor must not budge when it’s a matter of freedom of opinion,” Böhmermann told the Die Zeit newspaper in an interview printed in full on Wednesday. “But instead, she filleted me, served me for tea to a highly strung despot and made me into a German Ai Weiwei,” he said, referring to the Chinese dissident artist.