HE’S no stranger to controversy… and last night comedian
was said to be unrepentant over his latest outburst.
Friends claim he has laughed off calls for him to be banned from TV
following a deluge of complaints about racist language in his Channel 4
show Tramadol Nights.
Many viewers were outraged after he used the P-word and n-word during a
series of near-the-knuckle sketches.
One skit involved a woman dressed as Super Mario. She danced
provocatively in front of the cameras before waving and saying: “Hello
to P***’s everywhere.”
Then during his stand-up routine Boyle, 38, turned the subject to war.
He said: “Basically we are murdering a load of shepherds. What gets me
is our callousness as a society when we read out our dead on the news
first, because our lives are more important. Other people’s aren’t worth
Adopting a newsreader’s tone, he added: “A bomb went off in Kandahar
today, killing two British servicemen, three UN relief workers and a
whole bunch of P****.”
Later he said: “The Ministry of Defence? At least in the old days we
were honest, it was The Ministry of War.”
In a posh phone voice he added: “Hello Ministry of War, department of
n*****-bombing, how can I help?”
His remarks triggered a furious reaction. A spokesman for Show Racism
the Red Card said: “We condemn Frankie Boyle’s use of racist
“Regardless of context and intention, the use of words such as these has
the effect of normalising racist language.
“That is never acceptable. It is dehumanising and provides the
foundations on which serious hate crimes are built.” MP John
Whittingdale, chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee,
said: “There’s no question that these words are deeply offensive to many
“I think it’s entirely right that Ofcom should carry out an immediate
investigation to decide whether this is acceptable.
“It’s very hard to justify – even in terms of political satire.”
On Digital spy forums, Dolly Stanford said: “He used to be funny and
offensive, now he is just offensive. Shame.”
Another viewer said: “I liked him on Mock the Week, but this is just
Scots-born Boyle, who writes a column for the Sun, has already faced a
barrage of criticism over earlier shows in which he made sexual jibes
about Katie Price and her disabled son Harvey.
He also cracked sick jokes about cancer victims and mocked people with
Channel 4 – slammed three years ago for refusing to take responsibility
for the Shilpa Shetty Celebrity Big Brother race row – seemed to be
trying to tough it out again last night.
It pointed out that a warning was broadcast before Tuesday night’s show
that it “contained very strong language and uncompromising adult content
which some viewers will find offensive”.
But critics argue that Boyle’s comments breach TV rule 2.3 regarding
“generally accepted standards”. It says any broadcast must justify in
context any discriminatory language regarding race. Earlier this year
Boyle had an on-stage run-in with the mother of a Down’s syndrome child.
He spent five minutes of a stand-up show poking fun at sufferers and
their parents by criticising their hair, clothing and voices.
He then turned on the audience, picking on a couple – Sharon and Keiron
Smith – in the front row and accusing them of talking. Laughter turned
to awkward silence when Mrs Smith told Boyle: “My daughter has Down’s
syndrome and I’m very upset.”
Boyle retorted: “This is my last tour. I don’t give a f*** what people
think.” Insiders at Channel 4 privately admitted the outspoken comedian
has been testing executives’ patience.
But Shane Allen, the channel’s head of comedy commissioning, insisted:
“We refute any suggestion we are endorsing or condoning racist language.
“This cutting edge comedy is clearly intended to ridicule and satirise
the use of these words – Frankie Boyle was not endorsing them.”
- BOYLE also made a cruel jibe about missing
Describing things you could say to change
the atmosphere at a dinner party, he said: “We are all here – who’s
looking after Madeleine?” A
Kate and Gerry McCann said: “It was