Entertainment Comedian Frankie Boyle criticised for joke about 'raping and killing' TV host Holly Willoughby
Frankie Boyle: Controversy as comic makes 'rape joke' about TV presenter Holly Willoughby
Controversial Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle has been criticised for making a 'rape joke' about TV presenter Holly Willoughby. © Controversial: Boyle made rape 'joke' about TV presenter Holly Willoughby Boyle, a former geography teacher, described a game about 'killing and s****88g' people - which included Miss Willoughby - during a stand-up appearance at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk.Audience members insist that Boyle said: “I'd obviously kill her and rape her afterwards. I'm joking - I'd rape her first.
Frankie Boyle has been slammed for making a joke about raping and killing TV presenter Holly Willoughby, according to reports.
The 49-year-old, referenced a game about 'killing and sh*****g people', which included This Morning host, when he performed at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk last weekend. Boyle allegedly told the crowd: "I’d obviously kill her and rape her afterwards. I’m joking, I’d rape her first."
The controversial comedian defended the comment on Friday when he was asked about it at a book launch,reports. Boyle said: "Can I just say, my routine about raping and f*****g Holly Willoughby was part of a very long routine about whether or not it’s okay to do a joke about that, and I look at it from both sides, there are pluses and minuses."
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He also described how comedy is in "the eye of the beholder" and he believes he's a "mainstream comic".has contacted Frankie's representatives for comment.
Holly, 41, has in the past spoken up for sexual abuse victims, and has also revealed her own experience of up-skirting when photographers crouched on the floor to take photos of her. MP Caroline Noakes, Tory chair of Commons' Women and Equalities Committee, said rape is never funny and told Mail On Sunday that she was "disappointed" anyone would make a joke out of male sexual violence.
A spokesperson for feminism campaign group FiliA said: "There is nothing funny about male violence and seeking cheap applause at the expense of traumatising women speaks of low-quality material."
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