Brand’s ‘battery acid’ comment: At least Farage has admitted he is an ‘unpleasant’ character

What a drip: But why is Nigel so glum? The only person harmed by this milkshake attack was his tailor.

Nigel Farage’s complaint about Jo Brand is to be welcomed – he has admitted that he considers himself to be an “unpleasant” character.

The Brexit Party leader spoke up after the comedian jokingly suggested an acid attack would be more appropriate for “unpleasant characters” who had been hit with milkshakes during recent political campaigns.

She immediately followed the line by saying, “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.”

So clearly she didn’t mean it and wasn’t trying to incite anybody into throwing acid over some of our favourity politicians like Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (Tommy Robinson), Mark Meechan (Count Dankula), Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad), or indeed Mr Farage.

But Nigel was clearly incensed and leapt into full-hypocrisy mode with this tweet:

It was hypocritical because this is a man who spoke of taking up deadly weapons if he didn’t get the Brexit he wanted:

The clip from BBC Essex is well worth a listen, to put this matter into its proper context.

Heresy host Victoria Coren Mitchell defended Ms Brand:

She made a topical point about another comment in the show:

And she pointed out that certain right-wing websites had stripped Ms Brand’s comment of its context:

So the best that can be said about this storm-in-a-milkshake is that Heresy is back on the radio after a three-year absence and is as thought-provoking as ever. Click on the link above to listen to the first episode and then follow it every Tuesday at 6.30pm on Radio 4.

Source: Farage furious over Jo Brand’s ‘throw battery acid not milkshake’ joke | Culture | The Guardian

12 thoughts on “Brand’s ‘battery acid’ comment: At least Farage has admitted he is an ‘unpleasant’ character

  1. nmac064

    Farage underestimates himself – he’s worse than unpleasant, poisonous and toxic is a better description of this totally empty rabble rouser.

  2. SteveH

    I’m having great difficulty in finding any humour whatsoever in acid attacks. The consequences for the victim and their loved ones are truly horrific and have a profound lifelong physical and phycological impact on victims.

    1. Ian Bryden

      Whereas people shot with rifles or stabbed with bayonets tend to be tickety-boo afterwards ?

    2. Gill

      They’re absolutely vile, no one’s denying it, but bear in mind Brand was a mental health nurse…if you don’t develop a dark, horrible sense of humour when you’re doing that then you’re pretty much buggered, it’s the only way to cope sometimes.

  3. Laurence Brophy

    Agreed, no humour in acid attacks … but jokes about acid attacks don’t have a profound lifelong physical and something impact …

  4. Gary

    Yes, free speech. But if HE is a hypocrite then perhaps so are we. The climate, in political terms, is toxic at the moment. This was a bit like throwing petrol onto the flames.

    To be fair to Jo I think she realised this immediately after saying it and made sure she qualified it. That’s only my opinion of why she then said that, could be wrong.

    But undoubtedly, these are NOT the times for remarks like that. There ARE people on the street (on both sides) who would be more than willing to do these things.

    I’d rather we all took a step back and remembered that we might disagree but we ARE all on the same side…

  5. Sam G

    I despise Farage and everything he stands for, but Brand was way out of line.
    Something can never be dismissed as just a joke, comedy has the power to normalise views and change what is acceptable and what is not, be it violence against Farage, or rape jokes and racist humour.
    Free speech is important, but we should never let dangerous speech like this go unchallenged.

  6. Ian MacLean

    There seems to be a lot of support for milkshaking and now attacking with battery acid
    when used against right wing politicians.
    I wonder if it gets the same approval if someone says they will battery acid Joe Cox’s sister?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Nobody seriously suggested attacking politicians with battery acid. That’s the point.

  7. Derek Rimmer

    Nobody thinks the actual act of throwing acid is funny and I’m bloody sure that includes Jo Brand. But the whole thing about jokes is that they make fun by incorporating totally unfunny things into something that is then funny. Compared to the years of Farage drumming up anti immigrant and foreigner feeling I’d say
    Jo’s joke is nothing to get fired up over

  8. Jenni

    Had Nige said this about ANYONE and he’d have been arrested. It was a vile “joke” from a vile person. You need some new material Jo or just retire gracefully

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