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To think that Frankie Boyle is a despicable human being?

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MiniEggsinJanuary Tue 29-Jan-13 23:06:10

Just flicked on to an old episode of Mock the Week to find Frankie Boyle. I had forgotten about him and why he was so controversial so I googled and read the Wikipedia section on controversy about him. I knew he was a racist bigot but didn't realise he also made fun of disabled children. Please tell me I am not being unreasonable to think that he doesn't deserve the fees he must get when his programmes are repeated on Dave?

Nancy66 Thu 31-Jan-13 23:59:31

When the Jimmy Savile story broke there were loads of jokes doing the rounds - some were very funny. Same with Michael Jackson.

It doesn't make child abuse any less abhorent to me, it doesn't mean I am any less glad that both Jackson and Savile are dead.

...they were jokes. They were funny. I can separate comedy from reality.

blindworm Fri 01-Feb-13 00:14:43

I like some of his jokes but not others. I laugh at the satirical jokes, like the 'racist' one outlined above, but I didn't think his Harvey joke was funny. He can be both, can't he?

fridgepants Fri 01-Feb-13 00:24:04

I'm surprised Reg D Hunter is a TV fixture - when I saw him pre-telly, his act was very very edgy, with a lot of racial humour (clever stuff, and done by a black guy about being black rather than Jim Davidson style) that many would probably find offensive. I remember thinking he was hilarious but would never work on the box.

Perhaps the difference is that he can adapt his act/persona in a way that FB can't.

I have a mental health disability and I find Gervais's 'flirting' with the mentally impared dubious at best.

DontEvenThinkAboutIt Fri 01-Feb-13 08:51:34

I really liked Reginald D Hunter on the TV but, last year,when we saw him live he wasn't very funny at all. He wasn't edgy at all. [Sad]

BumBiscuits Fri 01-Feb-13 16:04:54

I fancy really like Reg D Hunter. However, I dozed off at his gig last time I saw him. I blame it on the red wine and antihistamines his lovely voice.

I think this thread shows that you can't control what/who makes you laugh any more than you can control what offends you.

I didn't appreciate the show Derek one bit when it was on the other night, and switched over after a few minutes, yet it is getting great reviews on another thread (in Chat I think).

I used to really like John Bishop and met him when he was still doing the stand-up circuits, lovely bloke. I now find him tedious bordering on misogyny at times. Though not offensive.

discotequewreck Fri 01-Feb-13 17:06:57

If you don't get Frankie Boyle, well maybe you never will.

My interpretation is that he hates the bread and circuses dumb celebrity culture that gets fed to us everyday. I actually think he is quite clever and not disablist, racist or sexist.

He quite often promotes feminist comedians on his shows and makes some moving observations about how messed up the world is.

Ever watched Bill Hicks? Similar style I think.

If you're getting in a twist about Frankie Boyle rather than the corporate psychopaths who destroy, marginalise and ruin people everyday then I fear hope is lost.

discotequewreck Fri 01-Feb-13 17:09:55

What Jordan does to her kids is far worse than any joke FB has made.

The very symbol of why celebrity culture is so rotten.

Smudging Fri 01-Feb-13 17:16:21

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discotequewreck Fri 01-Feb-13 17:23:43

Erm no, if the viewing public were clever he wouldn't have to resort to shock tactics.

LaQueen Fri 01-Feb-13 18:08:37

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Smudging Fri 01-Feb-13 18:15:30

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ophelia275 Fri 01-Feb-13 18:17:04

YANBU. He is a shitbag and the epitome that is all that is wrong with society. And that he gets paid to be a shitbag is even worse.

ophelia275 Fri 01-Feb-13 18:20:27

People think he isn't racist just because some judge says so. It's blatantly clear he hates everyone, including himself!

BumBiscuits Fri 01-Feb-13 18:54:17

Frankie Boyle is not a racist. I know that because I can't fucking stand racists. After several years of following Frankie and going to his gigs I still think he's great.

discotequewreck Fri 01-Feb-13 19:13:27

Absolutely LaQueen!

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