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Frankie Boyle is Offensive

Oh dear, I’m starting to develop a habit of stating the obvious in blog post titles aren’t I?

It must be a couple of decades since comedians like Bernard Manning became regarded as “beyond the pale” for broadcasting. Most people, if they were asked where Manning was on the political spectrum, would put him on the Right. (I’m not going to get into the debate of whether racism is only the preserve of the (old) Right here.) Jim Davidson is another “right-wing comedian” who we see little of these days on television.

Now of course, offensiveness can take many forms. So why has it taken so long for the BBC to notice how offensive are the likes of left-wing comedians like Frankie Boyle?

BBC satirical show Mock The Week is in trouble for joking that Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington resembled “someone who’s looking at themselves in the back of a spoon”.

The remark which has now fallen foul of the trust was made by Frankie Boyle, a regular on BBC Two’s Mock The Week, and broadcast in August 2008, soon after Adlington won two gold medals in Beijing.

Even so, it seems that being offensive about the Queen is fine. I’m not suggesting that Her Majesty should be immune from being the butt of jokes, but surely if a test for bad taste is being applied, then why should the monarch be treated any differently from a commoner? Isn’t such equal treatment what anti-Monarchists are always banging on about?

Every cloud has a silver lining, though: it was recently announced that Boyle has left Mock the Week.

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3 responses to “Frankie Boyle is Offensive

  1. Peter Arronsen October 24, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Surely it isn’t about left or right wing? Decency and reasonable conduct apply accross the spectrum. There is never a need to make offensive jokes about people (except the Cornish, who stand there, asking for it*)

    *Joke, I’m Cornish.

  2. Jodie Higgins November 4, 2009 at 12:54 am

    I happen to agree with Frankie, so what she got some gold!!! Wow! In my opinion Frankie should be the more important one, he is tv GOLD… would rather not see Rebecca again. I’m out raged by this, funny thing… yes humour, is that every one I’ve discussed this with doesn’t even know who she is!! I was a big fan but alas have now lost all respect for her. She is obviously very ego centric. Unlike Mr Boyle… Point made!

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