/Jo Brands battery acid joke sparks police investigation

Jo Brands battery acid joke sparks police investigation


Comedian Jo Brand has sparked a police investigation after making a joke about throwing acid over politicians.

The Metropolitan Police has launched a probe after the comic made the comment on the BBC Radio 4 programme Heresy.

The London force said it was looking into her remark following an allegation of incitement to violence.

“Police have received an allegation of incitement to violence that was reported to the MPS on 13 June,” said a Met spokesman.

 



Jo Brand now faces a police investigation into her joke remark

“The allegation relates to comments made on a radio programme. The allegation is currently being assessed. There have been no arrests and enquiries are ongoing.”

Scotland Yard said no arrests had been made, but that inquiries were ongoing.

Speaking to Victoria Coren Mitchell on the panel show on Tuesday night, the comedian was asked if we as a nation are “absolutely united in feeling we are living through a terrible time” in terms of the divisions being stoked over Brexit .

Brand, 61, responded by saying: “I would say that but that is because certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore.

“And they are very very easy to hate. I am kind of thinking, why bother with a milkshake, when you could get some battery acid? That’s just me, sorry.

“I’m not gonna do it, it’s purely a fantasy, but I think milkshakes are pathetic, I honestly do. Sorry.”

 



Farage recently got ‘milkshaked’ while out on the campaign trail

The response caused shocked laughter at the recording, and host Victoria moved the programme on afterwards to a different subject.

After the comments were reported online, MEP Nigel Farage has called for police to take action over Jo Brand.

Farage recently had a milkshake thrown over him whilst out meeting the public.

Farage said of Jo’s joke: “This is incitement of violence and the police need to act.”

It’s not believed the Brexit Party leader, or his team, reported Jo to police.

Piers Morgan today led calls for Brand to be sacked from the BBC.



The BBC has refused to condemn Brand’s comment

He slammed the broadcaster’s ‘double standards’ after Danny Baker was fired last month over an offensive comment about the royal baby .

“Why did the BBC instantly sack Danny Baker for an offensive royal baby tweet but won’t sack Jo Brand for saying she’d like acid to be thrown at politicians?” the Good Morning Britain host tweeted.

Baker, 61, sparked a social media storm before being booting off his Radio 5 programme for tweeting an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in nice clothes along with the caption, “Royal Baby leaves hospital”.

The BBC called Baker’s tweet a “serious error of judgement” that “goes against the values we as a station aim to embody”.



Ofcom has received 65 complaints about Jo’s Heresy comment

A BBC spokesperson said on Wednesday: “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 intended to be taken seriously.”

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom said it has received 65 complaints about the episode of Heresy.

On Thursday, Theresa May’s official spokesman said the BBC should explain why it broadcast her comments.

He said: “The Prime Minister has been repeatedly clear that politicians should be able to go about their work and campaign without harassment, intimidation or abuse.

“I note that Brendan Cox has said that violence and intimidation should not be normalised and we should consistently stand against it.

“The Prime Minister shares this view. It is for the BBC to explain why it considers this to have been appropriate content for broadcast.”

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