BREXIT Party leader Nigel Farage has claimed he would have faced police action if he’d joked about throwing acid at political opponents as the backlash over Jo Brand’s comments on a BBC radio show grow.
Brand, 61, sparked outrage on BBC Radio 4’s Heresy programme after saying a string of milkshake attacks on politicians such as Nigel Farage should have been carried out with acid.
The BBC has refused to apologise for broadcasting the outrageous remark, saying the comedy programme ‘is not meant to be taken seriously’.
But speaking on LBC, Farage said he is ‘sick to death of overpaid, left-wing, so-called comedians on the BBC’ getting away with ‘disgusting’ remarks because their views are seen as ‘morally superior’.
He said: “I am sick to death of overpaid, left wing, so-called comedians on the BBC who think their view is morally superior.
“Can you imagine the reaction if I had said the same thing as Jo Brand?
“I think we know fairly clearly who Jo Brand was aiming that comment at.
“A lot of people, like Jo Brand, think the referendum is a terrible mistake.
“They have a view that is morally superior to everybody else’s and therefore it seems, that anything can be used in defence of their arguments.
“Frankly I think this sort of behaviour is completely and utterly disgusting.
“Can you imagine if I was to tell a story like that, about somebody on the other side of me, an Anna Soubry or someone like that?
“I reckon the police would knock on my door within ten minutes. I think it’s appalling.”
BBC REFUSES TO APOLOGISE
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.”
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]
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