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Frankie Boyle is slammed for making a joke about raping and killing Holly Willoughby

Comedian Frankie Boyle has been slammed for making a joke about raping and killing ITV presenter Holly Willoughby

The Scottish comic, 49, described a game about ‘killing and sh*****g’ people including the TV star during a performance at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk last weekend.

Boyle allegedly told those in attendance: ‘I’d obviously kill her and rape her afterwards. I’m joking, I’d rape her first.’

The comedian defended the joke yesterday after he was asked about the incident at a Waterstones launch event for his new book.

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.’

He also described how comedy is in ‘the eye of the beholder’ and he believes himself to be a ‘mainstream’ comic.

Frankie Boyle pictured on stage during day three of Latitude Festival 2022 at Henham Park last weekend

Boyle made a joke about raping and killing ITV presenter Holly Willoughby (pictured) at the festival

Boyle made a joke about raping and killing ITV presenter Holly Willoughby (pictured) at the festival

The comedian refused to apologise for the joke when he was approached by a member of the public at a launch event for his new book

The comedian refused to apologise for the joke when he was approached by a member of the public at a launch event for his new book

Boyle on stage during a performance inside a large tent at the Latitude Festival in Henham Park, Southwold, last week

Boyle on stage during a performance inside a large tent at the Latitude Festival in Henham Park, Southwold, last week 

Boyle also described how comedy is in 'the eye of the beholder' and he believes himself to be a 'mainstream' comic

Boyle also described how comedy is in ‘the eye of the beholder’ and he believes himself to be a ‘mainstream’ comic

Holly Willoughby pictured presenting ITV's daytime show This Morning last month. She has previously spoken out in support for victims of sexual abuse

Holly Willoughby pictured presenting ITV’s daytime show This Morning last month. She has previously spoken out in support for victims of sexual abuse

Frankie Boyle’s slammed for Holly Willoughby rape joke: The comic’s history of controversial gags

Comedian Frankie Boyle is no stranger to criticism over controversial and offensive jokes. 

Then Tory politician Lord Tebbit demanded the BBC ban Boyle after he made a joke about IRA bombs on his latest show in 2019.

He hit out at the Scottish comedian for saying it may be a relief for Theresa May to resign after spending a weekend at Chequers with leading Brexiteers.

Boyle said ‘where the f*** are the IRA when you need them?’ during his New World Order show on BBC Two.

He has also previously made jokes about Katie Price’s autistic son Harvey and the Queen. 

Prior to being given his New World Order show, Boyle had been axed from a Comic Relief broadcast by BBC bosses after he said he wished the Queen had died before her Diamond Jubilee.

In a revolting 10-minute routine on Russell Brand’s Give It Up For Comic Relief event at London’s Wembley Arena in 2013, Boyle also drew gasps from the 12,500-strong audience with a particularly crude jibe at Oscar Pistorious.

Boyle’s routine was deemed in such bad taste that it was axed from the ‘almost-live’ broadcast of the show on BBC Three.

And following his comment about Ms Price’s son Harvey and a series of offensive jokes about the Paralympic Games, Channel 4 bosses ruled out the possibility he would return to the channel in 2013.

Willoughby, 41, has previously spoken out for victims of sexual abuse as part of the #metoo campaign, while she has also revealed her own experience of ‘upskirting’ when photographers crouched on the floor in order to take pictures of her underwear.

Caroline Nokes, the Tory chair of the Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee, said she was ‘disappointed’ with the joke.

She told the Mail on Sunday: ‘The Frankie Boyle I was at university with wouldn’t have found rape funny. 

‘It never is, and I’m disappointed that anyone would try to make a joke out of male sexual violence.’

A spokesperson for the volunteer campaign group FiLiA, which campaigns on feminism as part of the Women’s Liberation Movement, added: ‘We are horrified that some men in the entertainment industry continue to consider the abuse of women to be comedy material. 

‘There is nothing funny about male violence and seeking cheap applause at the expense of traumatising women speaks of low-quality material.’

A statement continued: ‘We are grappling with a national crisis in which the police and the courts fail rape victims who are brave enough to come forward seeking justice. 

‘At the moment, one in four women report having been sexually assaulted, and we know from research that fewer than two per cent of reported rapes in England and Wales end in prosecution.

‘Women and girls around the country are not laughing. 

‘Instead, women are angry and scared for their safety.’

Boyle is no stranger to criticism over controversial and offensive jokes.

Then Tory politician Lord Tebbit demanded that the BBC ban him after he made a joke about IRA bombs on his show for the channel in 2019.

He hit out at the Scottish comedian for saying it may be a relief for then Prime Minister Theresa May to resign after spending a weekend at Chequers with leading Brexiteers.

Boyle said ‘where the f*** are the IRA when you need them?’ during an airing of his New World Order show on BBC Two.

Boyle pictured during filming for his previous show on BBC Two named New World Order

Boyle pictured during filming for his previous show on BBC Two named New World Order

Willoughby has previously revealed her own experience of 'upskirting' when photographers crouched on the floor in order to take pictures of her underwear

Willoughby has previously revealed her own experience of ‘upskirting’ when photographers crouched on the floor in order to take pictures of her underwear

He has also previously made jokes about Katie Price’s autistic son Harvey and the Queen. 

The MoS contacted both Boyle and Willoughby for comment but they were unavailable.

Prior to being given his New World Order show, Boyle had been axed from a Comic Relief broadcast by BBC bosses after he said he wished the Queen had died before her Diamond Jubilee.

In a revolting 10-minute routine on Russell Brand’s Give It Up For Comic Relief event at London’s Wembley Arena in 2013, Boyle also drew gasps from the 12,500-strong audience with a particularly crude jibe at Oscar Pistorious.

Boyle’s routine was deemed in such bad taste that it was axed from the ‘almost-live’ broadcast of the show on BBC Three.

And following his comment about Ms Price’s son Harvey and a series of offensive jokes about the Paralympic Games, Channel 4 bosses ruled out the possibility he would return to the channel in 2013. 

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