JO Brand has defiantly claimed ‘you can’t sack me’ as she refuses to apologise in the wake of a growing backlash over her calls for politicians such as Nigel Farage to be attacked with acid.
The comedian, 61, sparked outrage on BBC Radio 4’s Heresy programme after saying a string of milkshake attacks on politicians should have been carried out with acid instead.
Jo Brand remained defiant outside her home today[/caption]
The comedian said she had nothing to say to Nigel Farage or those offended by the joke[/caption]
The BBC has refused to apologise for broadcasting the outrageous remarks, saying the comedy programme ‘is not meant to be taken seriously’.
Speaking outside her home in £1.9m Dulwich, South East London today, Brand said she had nothing to say to Farage or people left outraged by her comments.
When asked if she would continue working with the BBC, she responded: “I’m not employed by the BBC, so how can they sack me?”
Brand, 61, told Radio 4 show Heresy that yobs who attacked Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage with milkshakes were “pathetic”, adding: “Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?”
She told the audience: “Certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore and they’re very, very easy to hate.
“And I’m kind of thinking, why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?”
As the audience laughed she added: “That’s just me. I’m not going to do it, it’s purely a fantasy. But I think milkshakes are pathetic, I honestly do.”
Farage had a banana and salted caramel Five Guys milkshake thrown on him while campaigning in Newcastle ahead of the EU elections last month.
Army veteran and Brexit Party supporter Don McNaughton, 81, had milkshake thrown over him at a polling station in Aldershot, Hants.
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A Donald Trump supporter was also doused in milkshake and had “Nazi scum” screamed in his face in London last week.
But despite broadcasting watchdog Ofcom confirming it had received 19 complaints since the show aired on Tuesday, the BBC refused to condemn the remarks.
A spokeswoman said: “Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative but are not intended to be taken seriously.”
Piers Morgan also condemned the comments[/caption]
A Donald Trump supporter was attacked with milkshake near Parliament last week[/caption]
Brand made the joke while appearing on BBC Radio 4[/caption]