'Boycott Frankie Boyle' says blind charity
A leading charity for blind people is calling for a boycott of comedian Frankie Boyle after his latest joke about Katie Price’s disabled child.
The Royal London Society for Blind People says his gags about Harvey are ‘an outrage to a decent society.’
Boyle first joked about the eight-year-old on his Channel Four programme Tramadol Nights in December – but it was his charity gig at the Glasgow Comedy Festival last week which caused the charity to issue its condemnation.
At the gig last Monday, Chortle exclusively reported how Boyle justified his gag by saying: ‘Jordan’s twin prongs of media profile are her disabled son and her sexuality – and they don’t really belong together.’
But in reference to Harvey’s blindness, Boyle added: “There’s no way Harvey was watching that joke.’
Today the charity’s chief executive, Dr Tom Pey said: ‘Boyle does not know when to stop.
‘There is a difference between humour and sick abuse. I am Irish and I love a good Irish joke. But Boyle has crossed the line once too often.
‘The only way to deal with such an outrage to decent society is for his audiences to boycott his shows and to hit him in the pocket.
‘Only then would he discover the concept of decency. There is a difference between humour that works and abuse that hurts.’
Those planning to boycott Boyle’s shows have only one obstacle – he has no future live appearances planned.
Published: 28 Mar 2011