Jo Brand battery acid joke an 'incitement of violence'

Lawrence Kim
June 12, 2019

"That's just me. I'm not going to do it", she said.

Brand, who joined the Heresy talk show on Radio 4 as a guest on Tuesday, joked about throwing battery acid at "unpleasant characters" instead of milkshakes.

One said: "Joking or not.a shocking thing to say". But whatever side you stand on, Remain/Leave whatever you believe politically.

The 61-year-old responded by calling milkshake a "pathetic" thing for people to have thrown at their political opponents during May's European Union election campaigning.

Nigel Farage hit back at comments made by Jo Brand where the comedian suggested acid should be thrown over politicians she didn't agree with. "Here is the whole programme (with the jokes, the context, and our moral which is all about being kind to each other)".

The milkshake protest started with Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who was targeted with a McDonald's shake in Warrington earlier in the year.

After right-leaning website Guido Fawkes called Brand's comments "hate speech", Farage tweeted: 'This is incitement of violence and the police need to act'.

Fellow TV comedian Lee Hurst tweeted: 'Jo Brand is a comedian. You may not find it amusing or you may find it amusing.

The comic then went on to immediately make clear she was joking and criticised the milkshake stunts.

The remain campaigner Femi Oluwole joined Coren Mitchell in accusing Farage of double standards, and responded to his tweet about Brand's comments with a video showing Farage saying he would be forced to '"pick up a rifle" if Brexit wasn't delivered.

Nigel Farage says that Brand's remarks on the comedy panel show amount to hate speech and has called for the police to intervene. "He wasn't joking. That's inciting violence surely?"

A BBC spokesman 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 and go against societal norms but are not meant to be taken seriously".

A recent trend has been following politicians and political figures while they have been out and about - milkshake throwing.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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